Tuesday, June 11, 2013

PHOTOS: British Airways' first Boeing 787 takes flight

The first British Airways Boeing 787 in the air [Photo: MoonM]British Airways will soon become the first airline in Europe to introduce both the Airbus A380 and the Boeing 787 into its fleet.

I’ve already posted some great photos of BA’s forthcoming A380, which will make an appearance at Paris Airshow this year, followed by its official delivery to the airline on 4th July 2013. Click here to view the images, in case you missed them below.

In addition, the first two British Airways 787s arrive on consecutive days, June 26 and 27. One of the duo (msn 38610) made its first flight earlier this week at Paine Field near Everett.

The first British Airways Boeing 787 at Paine Field [Photo: MoonM]I've included a couple of photos on this page, which were supplied to TheAviationWriter.com by Flickr user MoonM. Head over to my Facebook page for more aviation photos, videos and stories – click here to visit.

“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,” commented Keith Williams, chief executive of British Airways.

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“Over the next 12 months, we will take delivery of new long-haul aircraft at an average rate of one every two weeks.”

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.

Seats on the A380 are currently on sale for travel from October 15 to Los Angeles and from November 15 to Hong Kong. However the airline is advising enthusiasts eager to be on the very first long-haul services to hold off booking as the dates of the inaugural services are yet to be announced.

The first destinations for the 787s, and the date tickets go on sale, will be unveiled shortly.

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  1. Gorgeous, another UK 787.

    1. Wait until the 787.9 comes out!

    2. Then the 787-10 and 777-8 and -9...

    3. On and on and on ...hoot hoot! Follow that Airbus... oops you can't! :)

    4. All they can do is the A350-1000 which is same size as A340.

    5. Shame, I think not.. :)

  2. Great to see both B787 & A-380 for a well known European airline!

  3. Tiger ChristopherJune 15, 2013 at 3:51 PM

    I hope that BA does great with these new 787.

  4. Good luck to British Airways, for sure you never be sorry. I wish I could be there while this beautiful bird is being delivered to you.

    Capt, Azma 747 - 400 captain.

  5. I love BA, and I am glad that they are getting these new, updated planes!

  6. Those wings!


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