Boeing marked the delivery of the first 787-9 Dreamliner to British Airways on Sep 30.
The latest delivery is related to the airline’s first order for 22 787-9. Boeing has already delivered eight 787-8s to the airline and has a backlog of 12 B787-10s. The 787-9 aircraft is scheduled to fly the London-Delhi route later this month.
Compared with its predecessor, the 787-9 model has an extended fuselage structure, which enables it to carry 242 to 335 passengers over distances as far as 8,500 nautical miles. Travelers can choose from a four-class configuration – Club World, World Traveller Plus and World Traveller, along with a new first class. The 787-9 Dreamliner has eight seats in the first class, compared to the 14 in 787-8.
The first class features enticing facilities for travelers, which include a new ottoman beside the adjustable footstool which has ample space for personal items, shoes and even handbags; an individual suiter for jackets and coats; and a new locker with a mirror on the door for important documents and gadgets.
British Airways is the first European airline to install the top-class First cabin on a Dreamliner. China Southern was the first airline in the world to enjoy the same.
Other benefits of the 787-9 include fuel efficiency and lower emissions. It burns 20% less fuel, resulting in an exceptional environment-friendly performance. It incorporates the design of the 787-8 model, while boasting features like modern LED lighting, large windows, lower cabin altitude and cleaner air, thus enhancing passenger comfort. To date, there have been a total of 304 Boeing 787 Dreamliner deliveries.
The Dreamliner had in the past faced difficulties related to design problems, cost overruns and delays. But the aircraft has not looked back since its first flight in Dec 2009. Boeing’s 787 Dreamliner is a one-of-a-kind aircraft, combining innovation, efficiency, comfort and environmental awareness to ensure the ultimate flying experience.