NEW DELHI: The British Airways flew the first of its brand new Boeing 787-9, the latest version of Dreamliner, to New Delhi IGI airport on Monday, launching the new aircraft on selected flights.
At a reception held to celebrate the Dreamliner's arrival, Indian Director, UK Trade and Investment, St. John Gould said, "I am delighted that British Airways chose Delhi as the maiden destination for its stunning new Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner."
"Tourism and trade between the UK and India booming, and the UK hosts a huge and vibrant Indian diaspora, so no wonder India is British Airways' second largest
market outside the UK. We're confident that traffic between our two great nations will continue to expand at a rate of knots," added John Gould.
The reception included a dummy check-in of the 787-9 Dreamliner involving clients and customers including some business leaders and Bollywood personalities. The
stub of the boarding pass will be retained for a prize draw where one lucky guest will win two BA business class return tickets from Delhi to London.
British Airways offers a choice of 49 flights every week from five key cities - New Delhi, Mumbai, Bengaluru, Chennai and Hyderabad to London Heathrow and other
worldwide destinations. India happens to be British Airways’ second largest market outside the UK and after the US.
The new Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner is 20 feet longer than the 787-8 and has new first class cabin with more storage space and eight seats and a single dial to control seat recline. It has a larger screen to enable one to enjoy films and TV programmes. The 787s are the most advanced aircraft in British Airways’ fleet.
The Boeing 787-9 is a mid-size, dual aisle, twin engine jet and Boeing’s most fuel efficient aircraft to date - 20% more fuel efficient than the similar sized
commercial jets. The windows are over 30% larger than those on most similarly sized aircraft. The noise levels is reduced by up to 60% both in and outside.
The technical details are: Passenger capacity 216 (4 class), Length 62.8m (206 feet), Wingspan 60m (197 feet), Height 16.9m (55 feet 10 inches), Engines 2× Rolls Royce Trent 1000, Maximum speed 954km/h
(593mph, Mach 0.89), Range 15,400km (9,550 miles).