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The latest moves of five Dreamliner operators

12 Jun 2013

After recent difficulties with the battery system, the Dreamliner is once again taking to the skies (see story) and airlines are again announcing new services with the state-of-the art aircraft. Here are five carriers that have either recently launched, or will be launching, services with B787s. For an in-depth report on the aircraft and its features, click here.

China Southern DreamlinerCHINA SOUTHERN

When did it launch the B787? June 6, when it became the only operator of both the B787 and A380.

On what routes? Currently just Guangzhou-Beijing, but the airline hopes to put its Dreamliners on routes from Guangzhou to Paris, Vancouver, London and Auckland as it receives more of the aircraft.

How many Dreamliners does the airline have? One.

How many more are on order? Nine, to be delivered by the end of 2014.

How will the aircraft be configured? Three classes; four seats in first, 24 in business and 200 in economy class.

What seat products will the aircraft have? First class has a lie-flat, cocoon-style seat equipped with a massage function. It also has a power outlet, USB port and 17 inch personal TV. Business class seats can recline 180 degrees, and feature an adjustable reading lamp, beverage stand, magazine shelf, shoe stowage and 15 inch personal TV. Economy seats have 9 inch personal TVs. For more, click here.

www.csair.com

AIR INDIA 

When did it launch the B787? Started May 15 of this year. Air India Dreamliner interior

On what routes? Daily flights from Delhi to London, Paris, Frankfurt and a few domestic routes such as Bangalore, Kolkata and Chennai. Services to Hong Kong, Osaka and Seoul will start later this month (see here).

How many Dreamliners does the airline have? Six.

How many more are on order? The airline has ordered 21 more, with eight expected to arrive by December.

How will the aircraft be configured? A total of 256 seats in two classes, 18 executive class (2-2-2) and 238 in economy (3-3-3).

What seat products will the aircraft have? A fully flat seat in Executive Class with a 74 inch pitch, economy class seats, meanwhile, have a 33 inch seat pitch and 6-inch recline. The Executive Class seat has a 15.4-inch touch-screen monitor, and economy has one that is 10.6 inches. Both have audio video on demand capabilities. All the seats also have universal power outlets and USB ports.

www.airindia.com

Jetstar DreamlinerJETSTAR

When did it launch the B787? The first 787 is due to be delivered in September.

On what routes? Domestically first, before entering into international routes by the end of the year. Gold Coast and Cairns are being considered as inaugural destinations. By 2015, the 787 fleet is intended to replace the A330s on long haul routes.

How many Dreamliners does the airline have? None at the moment.

How many more are on order? 14, three of which will be received by the end of this year.

How will the aircraft be configured? 21 business, 314 in economy.

What seat products will the aircraft have? Every seat will have Panasonic entertainment eX2 systems with video on demand, games and gate-to-gate availability, as well as “seat chat”, USB accessibility and in-seat power outlets.

www.jetstar.com

BRITISH AIRWAYS British Airways Dreamliner

When did it launch the B787? The first two 787s will arrive on June 26 and 27 (see story here).

On what routes? Due to be announced shortly.

How many Dreamliners does the airline have? None at the moment.

How many more are on order? A total of 24 B787s, as well as eight B787-8s, 16 B787-9s.

How will the aircraft be configured? 214 seats in three classes: 35 in Club World, 25 World Traveller Plus and 154 in World Traveller.

What seat products will the aircraft have? The latest World Traveller and World Traveller Plus seats, which also feature on BA's B777-300ER fleet (click here for a review of the latter). Club World, meanwhile, will feature the new 2:3:2 seat layout. 

www.ba.com

United Airlines DreamlinerUNITED AIRLINES

When did it launch the B787? In September last year, but since the global grounding of the aircraft United re-launched 787 international services on June 10 with the Denver to Narita, Tokyo service. 

On what routes? On various domestic routes from Houston and Denver to Tokyo.

How many Dreamliners does the airline have? Six.

How many more are on order? A total of 55, two of which are scheduled to arrive this year.

How will the aircraft be configured? 36 seats in United Business First, 70 seats in United Economy Plus and 113 seats in United Economy.

What seat products will the aircraft have? Business First, United Economy Plus and United Economy.

www.united.com

Other airlines with recent announcements on the Dreamliner are ANA (the launch airline of the aircraft; click here), BA (click here), JAL (click here), LOT (click here) and Singapore Airlines (click here).

Are you eager to fly the Dreamliner again now that the worldwide grounding has been lifted? Vote in our poll here.

Alex Andersson and Valerian Ho

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