Published on : Wednesday, March 29, 2017
British Airways has welcomed its most technologically advanced aircraft, the Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner, in joining the fleet flying between London and Mumbai. Designed with boosting well-being and environmental performance in mind, and featuring the brand new First cabin, the Dreamliner is set to take comfort and luxury to new heights. Mumbai is the second route after Delhi to benefit from the airline’s latest aircraft.
Commenting on the new aircraft, Robert Williams, British Airways’ head of sales – Asia Pacific and the Middle East, said, “Being the financial capital of the country, Mumbai is a vibrant city full of discerning international travellers who are always on the lookout for great travel experiences and better travel options. We have been hearing a lot of encouraging feedback from our Delhi customers who have flown the 787-9, and I’m sure our customers from Mumbai will also come to love this amazing aircraft, the most technologically advanced in our fleet. We look forward to welcoming them on this flight to London.”
The four-class configured 787-9 is 20 feet longer than its 787-8 predecessor. Travellers can choose to travel in the World Traveller economy class, World Traveller Plus premium economy, Club World business class and the exciting new First class, which is a first for the airline’s 787 fleet. The First cabin has just eight seats compared to the 14-seat first class cabins available on other long-haul aircraft, giving even more exclusivity and privacy to customers. Created specifically for the 787-9, the new First suites have been painstakingly designed based on feedback from First customers, putting comfort at the heart of the experience and making the very best use of the more intimate space.
The new First cabin on the 787-9 was developed by Forpeople from London, working together with the airlines’ in-house teams and leading British suppliers, including Prototrim, who developed the high quality soft leather and fabric trim within the suite and London-based Pritchard Themis who worked on the suite and cabin lighting.
The new generation 787s in the British Airways’ fleet are designed with travellers’ well-being in mind. Some of the design highlights include the lower pressurised cabin and smooth ride technology, with greater humidity in the cabin air and extra comfort during any turbulence, guaranteeing that customers arrive their destinations feeling more refreshed and less jet-lagged. A total of 42 787s are destined to join British Airways, becoming the mainstay of the airline’s fleet.
British Airways has been flying to India for over 90 years. The airline currently operates 49 flights a week from Delhi, Mumba, Chennai, Bengaluru and Hyderabad to London. All flights land at the airline’s state-of-the-art home London Heathrow Terminal 5. From there, customers can head to the city on the Heathrow Express or other means of transportation; for customers who have onward flight connections, they can do so seamlessly at London Heathrow via the airline’s extensive network across the UK, Europe and the U.S. In March 2017, London Heathrow won the award for the World’s Best Airport Shopping and was named one of the world’s top 10 airports in the Skytrax World Airport Award.