British Airways today announced that it would take delivery of its first two 787 Dreamliners on 26th & 27th June, with the first A380 set to arrive on 4th July.
Commenting on the announcement, Keith Williams, CEO of British Airways had this to say:
“The delivery of these exciting aircraft opens a new chapter in British Airways’ history. We are proud to be leading the way in Europe in operating both these aircraft types. Over the next 12 months, we will take delivery of new long-haul aircraft at an average rate of one every two weeks. These deliveries form the centrepiece of the £5bn investment British Airways is making in new aircraft, smarter cabins, superb lounges and new technologies to make travel more comfortable in the air and on the ground. Both aircraft types make major environmental advances and will contribute toward our ambitious targets for noise and carbon reduction. Following their arrival, both aircraft types will begin a complex ‘entry into service’ programme, which will see pilot and cabin crew training taking place at Manston Airport in Kent, customer service trials at Heathrow and short-haul flying for both aircraft, including flights within the UK”.
British Airways has ordered some 42 Boeing 787 Dreamliners, 12 Airbus A380s and 18 A350s. The second of the A380s is set to be delivered in September and, although the airline has already announced that they will be used for flights to Los Angeles (from 15th October) & Hong Kong (from 15th November), as yet there has been no such announcement as to where the new 787s will fly to and / or when tickets will be available for sale. As per our previous article however, we expect the new aircraft to replace some of the airline’s oldest 767 on routes to the east coast of the USA and Canada.