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UAE, Oman among first destinations to receive new British Airways 787-9 Dreamliners in 2015

baKUWAIT: British Airways is set to take delivery of its first Boeing 787-9 aircraft in 2015 with the UAE, Oman and Delhi routes among the first to welcome the Dreamliner. The airline has announced that its new Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner, complete with a new First class cabin, will start flying to Delhi from October 25 with UAE and Oman to follow later in 2015.

The 787-9, the first of which is due to arrive with British Airways in September, is 20ft longer that its 787-8 predecessor (of which the airline has eight), so as well as offering World Traveller (economy), World Traveller Plus (premium economy) and Club World (business class), there’s also room for a new First class cabin - a first for the airline’s 787 fleet. “British Airways continues to renew its commitment across the region as the airline invests in new aircraft and expands its premium travel offerings,” said Paolo De Renzis, British Airways Area Commercial Manager for the Middle East & Central Asia. “In response to our passengers’ demand for luxury travel options, we have selected Abu Dhabi and Muscat among the first routes to welcome the new Dreamliners.” The new FIRST suites reflect a new generation in premium travel; the First cabin will have just eight seats in comparison to the 14 available on other British Airways long-haul aircraft, giving even more exclusivity and privacy to customers.

Created specifically for the Boeing 787- 9, the new First suites have been painstakingly designed based on feedback from First customers, to put comfort at the heart of the experience and make the very best use of the more intimate space. The suites now include four new storage areas. A new ottoman next to the adjustable footstool has enough room for shoes, handbags and personal items, while the personal suiter for jackets and coats is now accessible without the customer having to move from their seat. A new locker positioned at eye-level is perfect for smaller personal effects such as tablets, spectacles, passport and washbags. A handy mirror has also been fitted to the inside of the locker door for personal grooming.

Customers who need to charge any devices can now do so in a discreet stowage area next to their armrest. Great attention to detail has also been paid to how the customer uses their suite, with each function being controlled by simple, intuitive touch. The seat and in-flight entertainment console has been updated with a new handset, much like a smartphone, integrated into the seat from which travellers can control their in-flight entertainment. During flight, the handset can be docked so that customers are also able to watch one item, such as the moving map, on the handset and another, such as a film, on the 23inch fixed screen.

This also means travellers will be able to enjoy gate-to-gate entertainment, without having to stow their television for take-off and landing. The smart ‘jog-dial’ now manages six different functions of the seat, including the recline, headrest and lumbar inflate and a ‘global’ lighting control to manage both ambient and reading lighting. The new First cabin on the Boeing 787-9 was developed by Forpeople, London, working together with the airlines’ inhouse teams and leading British suppliers, including PROTOTRIM, which 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 787s are the most technologically advanced aircraft in British Airways’ fleet. Different pressurisation means the internal cabin altitude is the equivalent of 6,000ft, which is 2,000ft lower than on other aircraft.

This leads to greater humidity, reducing the drying effect of the cabin air, so customers arrive feeling more refreshed. The aircraft’s smooth ride technology also provides extra comfort during any turbulence. The bespoke lighting in every cabin can be set to reflect the time of day, helping to lull travellers to sleep at night and to wake them in the morning. Customers can also enjoy much larger windows, offering views of the horizon from every seat. These collective features mean that travellers arrive feeling fresher and the effect of jet-lag is lessened. And the airline is revamping 18 of its 747s in-line with the newest arrivals to British Airways’ fleet, the first of which will also begin flying during the winter 2015 schedule. In response to customer demand, the airline is changing the aircraft’s configuration and adding an additional 16 Club World seats. The jumbos’ cabins are also receiving a cabin face-lift and a new Panasonic eX3 next generation in-flight entertainment system. The revamped jumbos will operate on selected flights to New York JFK, Chicago, Lagos, Dubai, Boston, Riyadh and Kuwait, with further routes added in summer 2016. With a total of 42 787s destined to join British Airways, the aircraft is to become the mainstay of the airline’s fleet.

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This article was published on 15/07/2015