The first of eight of Boeing’s 787-8 Dreamliner aircraft destined for British Airways, G-ZBJB, was delivered to London-Heathrow Airport today, 27 June 2013, direct from the aircraft manufacturer’s Paine Field facility in Washington State. Images courtesy of Alan Kenny & Chris Muir.
British Airways plans to commence scheduled services from London-Heathrow to Toronto’s Lester B Pearson International Airport on 1 September with services to Newark Liberty International Airport, also from Heathrow, starting 1 October.
“The delivery of the first of BA’s 787s is an exciting milestone for Boeing and British Airways,” said Todd Nelp, Vice President of European Sales, Boeing Commercial Airplanes.
“The 787 is the most technologically advanced and fuel-efficient commercial jetliner in its class. Its improved lighting, bigger windows, larger overhead bins, lower cabin altitude and cleaner cabin air will offer BA’s passengers an unparalleled flying experience.”
The airline expects to receive a second aircraft, G-ZBJA, in the coming days with further deliveries scheduled for mid-August and late-September. Prior to entering revenue service, the aircraft will be used for crew training.
In addition to the eight 787-8 aircraft, British Airways also has orders for 16 787-9 variants and has signed a memorandum of understanding for 12 787-10s which Boeing announced at last week’s Paris Air Show.
British Airways becomes the second UK-based airline to take delivery of the troubled Dreamliner after Thomson Airways finally received its first aircraft 31 May.
Global Aviation Resource extends sincere thanks to Alan Kenny & Chris Muir for allowing the use of their images.