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Boeing 787-9 makes BA Debut

BRITISH AIRWAYS (BA) has taken delivery of its first Boeing 787-9s.


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BRITISH AIRWAYS (BA) has taken delivery of its first Boeing 787-9s. The maiden example, G-ZBKA (c/n 38616), arrived at the carrier’s London Heathrow base on the morning of September 30 and has since been joined by a further two examples – G-ZBKB (c/n 38617) and ’KC (c/n 38621).

The 787-9 is 20ft (6.1m) longer than the 787-8 and features 216 seats in a four-class layout. This includes 127 in World Traveller (Economy), 42 in World Traveller Plus (Premium Economy), 39 in Club World (Business) and eight in First.

Mitch Preston, BA’s Flight Technical Manager for the 787 fleet and the pilot who flew the aircraft to Heathrow, said: “It’s always a privilege to be the first pilot to fly an aircraft on its delivery flight. I was lucky enough to bring our first 787-8 to Heathrow in 2013 too. Flying with just the small delivery team on board is a very different experience to a normal flight with customers on board. I’m really looking forward to the first one of those – I think our customers will really enjoy the latest addition to our fleet.”

The new type operated its inaugural service – to Delhi – on October 25 and was expected to have been introduced on BA’s Abu Dhabi/Muscat route on November 5. This will be followed by Kuala Lumpur (in December) and Austin, Texas (in February).

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