British Airways to fly B787-9 to Abu Dhabi, Muscat and Austin

8 Sep 2015 by GrahamSmith
British Airways will fly its new B787-9 to Abu Dhabi and Muscat from November and to Austin from February. The airline will replace the B777-200 that currently operates the London Heathrow-Abu Dhabi-Muscat route on November 5. BA B787-9 first class First class Outbound service BA073 departs Heathrow at 0940, lands in Abu Dhabi at 2055, before leaving at 2155 and arriving in Muscat at 2305. Return leg BA072 departs Muscat at 0035, lands in Abu Dhabi at 0140, before taking-off at 0245 and arriving in London at 0650. BA has also announced that it will operate the B787-9 to Austin in February. The carrier's first B787-9 destination will be Delhi from October 25 (see news, July 13), followed by Kuala Lumpur from December and San Jose from May (see news, August 26). BA today unveiled some new images of the B787-9 first class cabin. BA B787-9 first class seat First class BA B787-9 first class First class The aircraft will be fitted with its next generation First cabin, making it the first European airline to install the top class on a Dreamliner. China Southern was the first worldwide to have first on the Dreamliner. BA's current B787-8 is fitted with three cabins — Club World, World Traveller Plus and World Traveller. Its B787-9, which is slightly larger and can fly longer sectors, will with the addition of First have a four-class configuration. There will be eight seats in first class, compared to the 14 fitted on other BA long-haul aircraft. Each seat will include three new storage areas - a new ottoman next to the adjustable footstool; the personal suiter for jackets and coats is now accessible without having to leave the seat; and a new locker at eye-level for smaller items. A mirror has been fitted to the inside of the locker door. BA B787-9 first class seat First class BA B787-9 first class table detail First class A new IFE handset, which BA said is "much like a smartphone", will allow passengers to watch one item on the handset itself and another on the 23-inch screen. Lastly, the smart "jog-dial" still controls the seat's recline, but now also manages five further functions including the headrest and lighting control. BA has 42 Dreamliners on order - eight B787-8, all of which have already been delivered, 22 B787-9s and 12 B787-10s. Graham Smith
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