BA prepares for aircraft deliveries

British Airways, a UK-based airline, is preparing for the delivery of three new aircraft over the next four weeks.

Two Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft will be arriving in the UK later this month, following the model being given the all clear over a problem with an overheating battery that dogged it in the early part of this year. The two aircraft will arrive mid-morning on consecutive days, June 26 and 27.

The airline’s new Airbus A380 is due to arrive mid-morning on July 4.

Once all of the aircraft are in service, British Airways will be the first airline in Europe to have Airbus A380 and Boeing 787 Dreamliner in its fleet.

British Airways chief executive, Keith Williams, said, ‘The delivery of these exciting aircraft opens a new chapter in British Airways’ history.

‘We are proud to be leading the way in Europe in operating both these aircraft types.

‘Over the next 12 months, we will take delivery of new long-haul aircraft at an average rate of one every two weeks.

‘These deliveries form the centrepiece of the £5 billion investment British Airways is making in new aircraft, smarter cabins, superb lounges and new technologies to make travel more comfortable in the air and on the ground. Both aircraft types make major environmental advances and will contribute toward our ambitious targets for noise and carbon reduction.’

The A380 aircraft is already scheduled to commence commercial flights to Los Angeles on October 15, this year, and Hong Kong from November 15. The 787’s first destinations are yet to be revealed.