BA 787-9 launch routes?Back to Forum
Anonymous3 Jun 2015
3 months until BA are scheduled to take the first of 5 787-9s in 2015 and still no word on where they are going to fly.
Seem to be leaving it very late to announce first routes, unless the programme is delayed.
As the 787-9 will be 4 class, we can rule out routes that are only served with existing 3 class configured planes, so who are the front runners?
All the deliveries in 2015 and 2016 will net off with retirements so there won’t be any increase in the number of long haul planes, which pretty much rules out any new destinations.
I’m going to start the bidding with KUL.3 Jun 2015
BA are indeed being tight lipped about the 787-9.
One rumour doing the rounds is that there are issues with the ‘refreshed’ F seat being fitted to the aircraft.
As BA744fan says there isn’t much of a gain in total long haul aircraft this year. As the 787’9’s arrive some 767’s and 747’s will be retired.
My feeling is that the initial 787-9’s will replace some current 787 routes – most likely EWR.
KUL is also reported to being switched to a 787 in the winter timetable (though will be interesting to see if it’s the -8 or -9)/3 Jun 2015
KUL on a 788 will be a total nightmare in Y, forget Dreamliner, more like a scream/nightmare liner. It is very uncomfortable in Y with ultra narrow seats. BA should use this aircraft in their shortest routes…. And if you had the choice of a MH A380 versus a BA 787 why would you choose the 787?3 Jun 2015
Sparkflyer I guess when it comes to economy the airlines know most people’s biggest concern is price. The same could be said for Newark – why would anyone choose the 787 in Y over a 777 flight in Y with more personal space?
As an aside, I was surprised to find out that the 787 has the highest ‘net promoter score’ of any of BA’s aircraft types – across BOTH cabins (which amazed me). Even higher than the A380.
I do agree with you though, the economy seating is very tight. THANKFULLY BA has realised this and although the 787-9’s will remain nine abreast (which in fairness has now become the ‘standard’ amongst 99% of 787 operators) the seat pitch will be increased. This will also be retrofitted on the current -8’s.3 Jun 2015
McCol74 – whilst your trip is sooner than expected first delivery, it is conceivable BA might road test the route with the 787-8 prior to ramping up to its bigger sister. I believe the 787-8 is much smaller than the current 772 on the route so I can’t see it. Plus of course the 787-8 is only 3 class and the 772 is 4 class.3 Jun 2015