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British Airways passengers will soon have a new way to fly first class. Per One Mile at a Time, British Airways is slated to begin service with their new Boeing 787-9 aircraft between London Heathrow (LHR) and Delhi (DEL) on October 25, 2015. The airline is expected to expand the new Dreamliner variant to additional routes as they take additional deliveries, but hasn’t announced any future routes yet.
According to airlineroute.net, British Airways opened up reservations today for the new equipment, which is notable for featuring British Airway’s new first-class cabin. The airline currently operates Boeing 787-8s, but the smaller aircraft does not feature a first-class cabin at all.
So far there are few details about the new cabin, except that British Airways suggests it will be an improvement over the old product, known for being rather cramped on the airline’s 747s. Last year, the airline said in a press release that the new first-class cabin would feel “feel exceptionally elegant and beautifully British” and feature 30% more personal space and 60% more stowage.
The airline offers a new first-class cabin on the A380, but the cabin aboard the 787-9 is expected to be a further evolution of that product.
According to Australian Business Traveller,
- The new BA First suites include additional storage areas where passengers can park their inflight gear, with a new ottoman next to the adjustable footstool offering room for shoes, handbags and other personal items.
- A locker positioned at eye-level is intended for smaller personal effects such as tablets, reading glasses and amenity kits.
- The jackets and coat locker is now accessible without passengers having to move from their seat, while a mirror has been fitted to the inside of the locker door.
- There’s another nook next to their armrest where you can stow a smartphone or tablet while it’s being charged by the nearby USB port.
- The large 23-inch screen is partnered to a smaller touchscreen controller with an independent display, and unlike the current design (shown below) the monitor is fixed in position so that movies and TV shows can be enjoyed on a ‘gate to gate’ basis rather than having to stow the screen during taxi, take-off and landing.
The new planes are scheduled to fly as BA257/256 five times a week, until March 27, 2016, at which time the flight pair will begin daily service.
British Airways currently has 22 Boeing 787-9 planes on order, but has yet to take delivery of their first one. The airline has already taken delivery of all eight of its base model 787-8 aircraft, and has 12 additional 787-10s on order for a total of 42 planes in the Dreamliner family.
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