British Airways' new Boeing 787 Dreamliner makes inaugural flight to Canada
State-of-the-art passenger jet touched down in Toronto on Sept. 1
TORONTO, Sept. 3, 2013 /CNW/ - British Airways debuted its new Boeing 787
Dreamliner aircraft with an inaugural long-haul flight between London and
Toronto on September 1. The flight arrived from London on Sunday afternoon at
approximately 15:24 local time at Toronto and departed the same evening at
19:20, marking the first long-haul service for the airline's new fleet.
Canadians will now be able to enjoy new levels of comfort and reduced jet-lag
on their trips to Europe thanks to improvements in air quality, mood lighting,
quieter cabins, and lower air pressure. The Dreamliner will fly exclusively
between Toronto Pearson and London Heathrow in September and beginning in
October, between New York and London.
British Airways plans to add 24 new Dreamliner 787s to its fleet over the next
four years. This is part of the airline's investment of more than £5bn
worldwide in new aircrafts, smarter cabins, elegant lounges and new
technologies to make life more comfortable in the air and on the ground.
"We're delighted to be bringing the first in our new fleet of aircraft into
Toronto," said Sean Doyle, EVP Americas for British Airways. "I believe our
Canadian customers will enjoy the new features of this truly remarkable
aircraft and will arrive in London ready to work, site-see or continue on to
one of our many exciting destinations in Europe, Asia and Africa."
The new aircraft accommodates 214 passengers, 35 in Club World (business
class), 25 in World Traveller Plus (premium economy) and 154 in World
Traveller (economy). The three newly designed cabins feature high quality
materials, comfortable seats and increased bag storage. Customers in British
Airways Club World cabin can take advantage of wide, full-flat beds and Club
Kitchen, a snack bar open throughout the flight.
The 787 also has the largest windows of any commercial airliner, offering
customers views of the horizon from every seat. Instead of pull down blinds,
each one has its own dimmer switch.
British Airways' 787 is fitted with the airline's new Thales entertainment
system. Each seat features a television screen and customers can choose from
more than 700 hours of movies, TV and music, including 230 TV programs, 70
movies and 400 music albums and interactive games. Travellers can also
communicate and play games with friends elsewhere on the aircraft using an
in-seat chat system.
As part of its Dreamliner launch, British Airways has partnered with Toronto
International Film Festival (T.I.F.F.) sponsor Variety. As part of the
airline's commitment to the entertainment industry, British Airways will
co-present the magazine's popular studio at the festival. Visitors to the
Variety Studio will experience signature elements of the British Airways
About British Airways
British Airways, part of International Airlines Group, is one of the world's
leading global premium airlines and the largest international carrier in the
UK. The carrier has its home base at London Heathrow, the world's busiest
international airport and flies to more than 70 different countries. In 2012
the airline carried more than 37 million customers. The airline currently has
a fleet of more than 270 aircraft.
SOURCE British Airways
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