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British Airways’ first 787-9 Dreamliner arrives in New Delhi

British Airways makes New Delhi the first destination for its brand new Boeing 787-9, the latest version of Dreamliner.

The British High Commission today helped British Airways celebrate the first scheduled flight of its new 787-9 Dreamliner which arrived at IGI Airport in New Delhi today.

Speaking ahead of a reception at the British High Commissioner’s residence held to celebrate the Dreamliner’s arrival, St.John Gould, India Director, UK Trade and Investment (UKTI) 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 are booming, and the UK hosts a huge and vibrant Indian diasporta, 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.

Robert Williams, Head of Asia Pacific Sales, British Airways said:

We are delighted to launch our very first Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner to New Delhi with a brand new first cabin. This expansion reinforces our strong focus on India as a market, which already enjoys the second largest position for us globally, after the US and outside the UK. At British Airways, we are committed to putting the customer at the heart of everything we do, offering the very best in comfort and luxury on board our flights as well as an expansive global network covering over 500 destinations.

The reception, which will involve BA clients and customers, business leaders and Bollywood personalities, will include a dummy check-in counter with two BA boarding staff handing the guests boarding passes with their names printed on it. 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.

The 787s are the most technologically advanced aircraft in British Airways’ fleet. The Boeing 787-9 boasts a unique first class cabin housing eight seats, compared to the usual 14; extra storage space and a single dial to control seat recline, headrest, lumbar adjustment and lighting. It also features a larger screen on which to enjoy the latest films and TV programmes, as well as new touchscreen handset. World Traveller customers can unwind with enhanced headrests for a more comfortable overall experience.

Further information:

  • British Airways India - 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 British Airways has a long-standing history in India and has been flying to these destinations for more than 90 years

  • India is British Airways’ second largest market outside the UK and after the US; the airline is investing in the market significantly. British Airways is investing £5 billion in new aircraft and services for customers worldwide including India.

  • British Airways’ Transatlantic joint operations with American Airlines benefits customers and gives them greater access to discounted fares, more convenient connections and better access to a global network of more than 500 destinations Transatlantic routes from India via London have been a success as customers can arrive at Heathrow T5 and after a short rest continue their journey onwards to the US

  • British Airways currently operates Boeing 787 Dreamliner on its Hyderabad and Chennai routes in India

About British Airways’ Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner

  • on 25 October British Airways begins its first official scheduled flight on the 787-9 from London Heathrow to Delhi. This new aircraft comes with a brand new first class cabin.

  • Delhi will be the first city globally to receive the new aircraft on Monday 26 October.

  • the brand new first class cabin created specifically for the Boeing 787-9, have eight seats, compared to the usual 14; extra storage space and a single dial to control seat recline, headrest, lumbar adjustment and lighting. It also features a larger screen on which to enjoy the latest films and TV programmes, as well as new touchscreen handset. World Traveller customers can unwind with enhanced headrests for a more comfortable overall experience. The 787s are the most technologically advanced aircraft in British Airways’ fleet.

For media queries, please contact:

Stuart Adam, Head,
Press and Communications
British High Commission, Chanakyapuri
New Delhi 110021
Tel: 44192100; Fax: 24192411

Mail to: Sakthy Edamaruku

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