British Airways' new Boeing 787 Dreamliner makes inaugural flight to Canada

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." 
Updated Cabins
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. 
Enhanced Entertainment
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 
Dreamliner service. 
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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