BA Takes Delivery of First Boeing Dreamliner
British Airways announced it had taken delivery of its first Boeing 787 Dreamliner. The aircraft departed Paine Field in Everett, Washington Wednesday, arriving at London’s Heathrow International Airport at 12:10 p.m. local time on Thursday.
The Dreamliner was greeted upon arrival by BA’s CEO, Willie Walsh, among others.
Earlier this week, BA announced the Dreamliner’s initial routes. It will operate the 787 from Heathrow to Toronto starting September 1 and from Heathrow to Newark Liberty International Airport effective October 1
BA’s Dreamliner, which will carry 214 passengers, is configured with 35 seats in its Club World business-class cabin, 25 in World Traveller Plus premium economy, and 154 seats in the World Traveller economy cabin.
The aircraft that was delivered this week is the first of 24 787s that BA has on order. BA also recently said it will convert 18 787 options to firm orders. Twelve of these will be for 787-10s. BA originally ordered eight 787-8s and 16 787-9s and will eventually operate all three 787 variants.