After months of delays, British Airways finally gets its first 787-10
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Just before midday on 28 June, the shiny new aircraft arrived at its new base at London’s Heathrow Airport (LHR). The plane, registered as G-ZBLA, took off from Boeing in Charleston, South Carolina, (CHS) at 11:37 p.m. as flight BA915 on Saturday evening and flew the 4,064 miles (6,541km) to LHR, where it landed at 11:49 a.m. on Sunday morning.
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The airline was originally supposed to take delivery of the first of its 12 new Dreamliners months ago, with the first passenger flight originally scheduled for February 2020. Because of the coronavirus pandemic, those plans were delayed. The airline was then scheduled to take delivery of G-ZBLA on 21 May, however, that was also delayed.
The original plan was to start flights to Atlanta (ATL), followed by Dallas (DFW) and then Nashville (BNA), but this is likely to have changed because of ongoing complications related to the coronavirus outbreak.
The aircraft, which is the longest variant of the Dreamliner, features eight seats in First, 48 seats in Club Suite, 35 in World Traveller Plus (premium economy) and 165 World Traveller (economy). This will be the only variant of the airline’s fleet of Dreamliners that features the new Club Suite, which was first brought to service on the arrival of the airline’s first A350 in July 2019.
While not explicitly stating the aircraft type, according to the seat maps on BA’s site, the airline still plans to operate the 787-10 to Atlanta (ATL) as of August. As of time of publication, economy prices between LHR and ATL are very high — well over £1,000 in August. In September, return fares drop to £919 and in October and November, they drop even further to £819 and £811, respectively.
In terms of an Avios award redemption, a one-way from London (LHR) to Atlanta (ATL) in First will set you back 100,000 Avios + £462, or 75,000 + £462 in the brand-new Club Suite.
Featured image by James Randell