June 27th: BA’s 787 Dreamliner at HeathrowBack to Forum
Anonymous27 Jun 2013
Just looking out at BA’s Dreamliner at Heathrow right now.
The British Airways 787 departed Paine Field in Everett, Washington on Wednesday and was welcomed to its Heathrow home by Willie Walsh, chief executive officer of International Airlines Group (IAG), the company that owns British Airways.
“The 787 is a tremendous, innovative aircraft which sets new standards for environmental performance and operating efficiency and I’m sure British Airways’ customers will love it,” said Walsh.
“The 787 will become a mainstay of the British Airways fleet over the next few years.”
British Airways has announced that the airline will operate the 787 from Heathrow to Toronto from September 1 and Heathrow to Newark from October 1 2013.27 Jun 2013
I watched it for a while on Flightradar this morning, it seemed to make several circuits of the Watford stack prior to approach. I somehow expected it would enjoy an expedited approach but I suppose it had to get used to normality!27 Jun 2013
I think Club World is great; I’ve been upgraded a couple of times and it’s great to be able to get some proper shut eye.
Much better than the slidy seats on Lufthansa and American Airlines.
Looks like a slightly updated version of Club World for the 787 from the pictures on the website:
I like the swoosh at the end of the cabin – looks very First Class to me.28 Jun 2013
Whilst Club World is undoubtedly a very good product it is unquestionably dated. It may be better than LH and other slidey chairs but the gulf between it the CX/AA new product is huge. BA are also the first major airline to introduce a new aircraft and retain existing products.
The 787 will have a shiny new cabin and from the images also the “billy no mates” middle seats similar to the upper deck of the A380.
It will be great for the lucky few who happen to be on the routes it will fly but in the mean time the competition will continue to develop better products and services.
BA’s dominance at LHR and the contraints on competition caused by its inadequate infrastructure are daily more telling and the passenger at LHR are not getting the best deal.
A new airport and fully open skies are urgently required.28 Jun 2013
Hi Pdtraveller, BA are certainly not the first both AF and LH introduced their A380 with a dated product in Business. It recently became clear that at LH this was due to certification issues with the product that was later launched with the 748-i
I have only flown on BA in CW once but personally liked the product as it is lie-flat which is most important for me28 Jun 2013
Am I right in thinking that no other carrier has thus far launched the A380 or 787 without introducing at least one new premium cabin? Let’s not pretend that BA F is new and C is ancient to the point of decay. Such a shame but there is certainly no wow factor to look forward to if you’ve been on other A380s and IME the 787 was nothing special anyway.28 Jun 2013