British Airways announced Tuesday that they would receive their first of 12 new Boeing 787-10 Dreamliners in January. The aircraft will operate on the London-Heathrow to Atlanta route starting February 2020.
There’s nothing more exciting than to start a business trip or holiday on a brand-new airplane. It’s not just the new plane smell, but the excitement of being one of the lucky few to get a “first look” at the latest generation aircraft. British Airways announced today that they would be taking delivery of the first of 12 Boeing 787-10 Dreamliners in January 2020. Starting next February, passengers traveling between London-Heathrow (LHR) and Atlanta (ATL) will have the opportunity to experience the state-of-the art features of BA’s newest fleet addition. The Boeing 787-10 aircraft has a carbon fiber fuselage, allowing a lower cabin pressure level which offers a superior level of ambient humidity. This helps reduce the drying effect that contributes to jetlag, thereby allowing passengers to arrive at their destination feeling more refreshed. The aircraft is also both quieter and more fuel-efficient than previous generation models.
British Airways’ new B787-10 Dreamliner will be arranged in a four-class configuration with eight new First cabin seats, 48 business class Club Suites, 35 World Traveller Plus, and 165 World Traveller seats. In Tuesday’s announcement, British Airways’ Chairman and CEO, Alex Cruz said,
“The delivery of our first 787-10 aircraft marks another milestone in our £6.5bn customer investment plan. The aircraft delivers a 25 percent reduction in CO2 emissions compared to the aircraft it replaces, another step towards our commitment to net zero carbon emissions by 2050. It will also offer greater comfort for our customers, as it features our latest generation seats in all cabins.”
British Airways’ latest generation First suite creates a more intimate space and includes a 23-inch high definition inflight entertainment (IFE) system that can be controlled by a seat-integrated handset. The Club Suite offers direct-aisle access, a suite door for privacy, and luxurious beds in a 1-2-1 configuration. The newly designed Club Suite also offers 40% more storage space, a vanity with mirror, 18.5-inch gate-to-gate programmable IFE and PC/USB power.
Currently, British Airways operates 12 787-8 and 16 787-9 aircraft, and they expect the first six of 12 new 787-10s to be delivered in 2020. British Airways is a member of the International Airlines Group (IAG) along with Aer Lingus, Iberia, Vueling and Level. IAG recently announced the acquisition of Spanish carrier Air Europa via their Iberia subsidiary for £1bn.
Source: British Airways