British Airways will take delivery of its first B787-10 Dreamliner in January 2020, with the aircraft entering service to Atlanta in February.
The aircraft will be configured with four classes – an eight-seat First cabin featuring the seat currently on BA’s B787-9 (pictured above); a 48-seat Club World cabin with the new Club Suite business class; a 35-seat World Traveller Plus cabin (premium economy); and a 165-seat World Traveller cabin (economy).
BA flies between Heathrow and Atlanta daily, and currently operates the route with B787-9 or B777-200 aircraft.
The B787-10 configuration
BA said the -10 Dreamliner variant has a carbon fibre fuselage which allows pressure to be maintained at a lower level in the cabin, offering a better level of humidity with a less drying effect. The aircraft is also more fuel efficient and quieter than its predecessors.
The airline’s new Club Suite, which debuted on the A350-1000 earlier this year, has a 1-2-1 configuration, sliding privacy door, 18.5-inch IFE screen, gate-to-gate entertainment and PC/USB power ports.
British Airways will eventually take delivery of 12 B787-10s, with six arriving in 2020.
It currently has 12 B787-8 and 16 B787-9 aircraft.
British Airways CEO Alex Cruz commented:
“The delivery of our first 787-10 aircraft marks another significant milestone in our £6.5 billion customer investment plan.
“The aircraft delivers a 25 per cent reduction in CO2 emissions compared to the aircraft it replaces, another step towards our commitment to net zero carbon emissions by 2050.
“It will also offer greater comfort for our customers, as it features our latest generation seats in all cabins.”
KLM took delivery of its first B787-10 in June, and is set to receive 15 by 2022.