MIAMI — The 25th Dreamliner from British Airways’ fleet will depart (BA8625) this Thursday, September 28 at 6:05 p.m. from Boeing’s Seattle factory to achieve a milestone delivery for the carrier on Friday, September 29 at 11:15 a.m. in Heathrow.
The aircraft (G-ZBJI) is designed with three cabins and will be the ninth Boeing 787-8 on the airline’s fleet. British Airways currently has 16 Boeing 787-9s, and by 2018 those will be joined by two brand-new 787-9s and three 787-8s.
But it doesn’t end there. British Airways also has 12 Boeing 787-10s ordered that will be delivered between 2020 and 2023.
According to a note published by the airline, British Airways’ director of flight operations, Captain Stephen Riley, will take delivery of the aircraft—a job that many aviation enthusiasts would love to have.
“It is a great privilege to be the Captain flying to Heathrow in our newest aircraft,” he said. “Some two-and-a-half years of work goes into the delivery of a new aircraft so it’s an exciting moment when we finally fly it home to join the fleet.”
In July 2013, the British carrier took delivery of their first Dreamliner, a Boeing 787-8 (G-ZBJB • MSN 38610 / LN 111). The airliner was delivered with British Airways’ signature Club World (Business Class) cabin, as well as World Traveller, World Traveller Plus (Premium Economy), and powered by two Rolls-Royce Trent 1000 engines.
In 2015, the airline took delivery of the next generation of the Dreamliner family, a Boeing 787-9, which is about 20ft longer than the -8. This aircraft came equipped with the airline’s First Class cabin.According to Captain Riley, the Dreamliner is a fantastic aircraft “both to fly as a pilot and to enjoy as a customer.”
According to Captain Riley, the Dreamliner is a fantastic aircraft “both to fly as a pilot and to enjoy as a customer.”
British Airways has released a video interview where Captain Riley talks about the experience of receiving the keys of a brand-new Boeing 787.
British Airways claims that the Boeing 787s are the most technologically advanced aircraft in their fleet. And with the 25th airliner joining in, the average age of all the aircraft in British Airways’ fleet drops to 13.4 Years.
British Airways made a 360-degree interactive tour of its Dreamliner here.