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BRITISH AIRWAYS TO WELCOME 25TH DREAMLINER
September 26, 2017
Boeing 787

British Airways is set to mark a milestone aircraft delivery on Friday (September 29), as it welcomes the 25th Dreamliner into its fleet.

The Boeing 787-8 aircraft will be making its maiden voyage to the airline’s Heathrow home with the flight number BA8625. It will depart Boeing’s Seattle factory on Thursday September 28 at 6.05pm local time and will land at Heathrow at 11.15am local time the following day.

The three cabin aircraft, with the registration G-ZBJI, will be the ninth 787-8 to join the airline’s fleet. British Airways also has 16 787-9s.  Two further 787-9 aircraft and three 787-8 aircraft will be delivered in 2018, followed by 12 787-10s to arrive between 2020 and 2023.

Captain Stephen Riley, British Airways’ director of flight operations, will be taking delivery of the aircraft, he said: “It is a great privilege to be the Captain flying to Heathrow in our newest aircraft. Some two-and-a-half years of work goes into the delivery of a new aircraft so it’s an exciting moment when we finally fly it home to join the fleet.

“The Dreamliners are fantastic aircraft both to fly as a pilot and to enjoy as a customer. They are incredibly technologically advanced and the most fuel efficient long-haul aircraft. They’ve also been designed with travellers’ comfort in mind, which means customers arrive at their destination feeling great.”

To find out more information about what goes on behind the scenes of a delivery flight, watch an interview with Captain Stephen Riley ahead of his trip to Seattle to collect the 787 aircraft. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fpRzWvbnDKE&feature=youtu.be

The 787s are the most technologically advanced aircraft in British Airways' fleet. The aircraft consists of a carbon fibre fuselage, which allows the pressure to be maintained at a lower level in the cabin. The internal cabin altitude is the equivalent of 6,000ft, which is 2,000ft lower than on other aircraft. This leads to greater humidity, reducing the drying effect of the cabin air, so customers arrive feeling more refreshed. 

One of the most unique features on the Dreamliner is its wings, with a span of 197 feet (60 meters) the curvature allows the aircraft to climb better and increases fuel efficiency. The Dreamliner can also reach a maximum speed of 954 kilometres per hour with a range of 15,200 kilometres, allowing the airline to fly to destinations further afield such as Santiago in Chile and Mumbai in India.

The windows in the 787 are thirty per cent bigger than any other aircraft. It means customers can maintain eye level with the horizon, which lessens motion sickness. It is also around 40 per cent quieter than other aircraft, giving customers the ideal environment to get some shuteye.

British Airways took delivery of its first Dreamliner, a 787-8, in July 2013.The aircraft is made up of three cabins World Traveller, World Traveller Plus and Club World. Two years later, in 2015, the airline took delivery of the next generation of the Boeings Dreamliner, a 787-9. This aircraft is 20 foot longer than the 787-8, allowing room for the airline to add a First cabin on board with an evolution of its First class seat.   

Visit British Airways’ 360 degree interactive tour of its Dreamliner here.

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September 26, 2017                                                                                                                                        

 

For further information, please contact the British Airways press office on 0208 738 5100 or email press.office@ba.com

Notes to editors

British Airways’ 787 operates on routes both seasonally and year round. Please see full list of destinations it operates to below.
Year Round                                                                        Seasonally

Abu Dhabi

Austin

Nashville

Baltimore

Newark

Hyderabad

Seoul

Chennai

Kuala Lumpur

Jeddah

New Orleans

Shanghai

San Jose, CA

Montreal

Calgary

Toronto

Mumbai

Cairo

Delhi

Tokyo

Tel Aviv

Beijing

Moscow

Atlanta

Muscat

Boston

Rio De Janerio

Los Angeles

Madrid

Washington

Mexico City

Seychelles

 

 

 

 

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