British Airways’ first Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner has arrived at Heathrow to take its place in the airline’s fleet. Following an eight hour 45 minute flight from Seattle, the aircraft (registration G-ZBKA) touched down at its new home at 08.50 local time.It is the first of 22 787-9s the airline is set to receive from Boeing, with the next due to arrive in mid-October and a further two expected by the end of the year.
To mark the arrival of the new Dreamliner, British Airways has released a time-lapse video of the aircraft being built in Seattle.Mitch Preston, British Airways’ flight technical manager for the Boeing 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 the first one of those – I think our customers will really enjoy the latest addition to our fleet.”The new aircraft will start flying to Delhi from October 25th, 2015 followed by Abu Dhabi and Muscat from November 5th, 2015.The 787-9 will also fly to Kuala Lumpur in December and in February the aircraft will start flights to Austin.