British Airways Announces New Seating

British Airways (BA), a premier airline from the UK, is offering new seating arrangements for its new Boeing 787 and Airbus A380 aircraft.

The new Boeing 787 Dreamliner can seat around 214 passengers, while the Airbus A380 aircraft, the biggest aircraft owned by the airline, can seat around 469 passengers.

The eight 787-8s will include a new Club World seating of 2:3:2 layout, as well as the newest World Traveller and World Traveller Plus seats, while the new A380 will have an improved edition of First Class.

The 24 Dreamliner aircraft and 12 A380s feature new cabin designs, similar to ones currently featured on Boeing 777-300ER aircraft.

Willie Walsh, chief executive of International Airlines Group (IAG) and parent company of Britsih Airways, said, ‘We are investing GBP5bn in British Airways’ new and upgraded aircraft, innovative technologies and customer services.

We now have six Boeing 777-300ERs, all fitted with our latest cabins. Our customer feedback and satisfaction scores show the seat and cabin designs have achieved the highest ratings we have ever seen.

By next spring we will have finished installing our new First cabins. The nine new aircraft we take delivery of in 2013 will feature our latest signature designs to ensure the customer experience maintains the highest standard across our fleet.’

Both new aircraft will also include Thales in-flight entertainment system, with a choice of 50% more movies, 200% more TV programmes, and more music; and new larger screens in all cabins with ports to connect personal devices.

The initial British Airways Dreamliner is expected to be delivered in May 2013, and three more by end of the year. The new A380 will be delivered also in 2013, along with two new 777-300ERs aircraft for the airline.

Qatar Airways to Fly Dreamliner flights to London Heathrow

Qatar Airways, a Qatar based airline company, will be introducing its brand new Dreamliner aircraft on routes between Doha and London from December 13, 2012.

The airline has taken delivery of its initial Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft recently, and is expected to take delivery of around 60 Dreamliners that are on order, over the next few years.

Qatar Airways chief executive officer, Akbar Al Baker, said, ‘We are delighted at last with today’s announcement that in just over two weeks’ time, the UK market will see its first 787 on a regular full commercial service when it flies into London Heathrow.

Inaugurating our 787 on the London Heathrow route puts Qatar Airways firmly on the global aviation map as a carrier with a determination to continue its expansion drive and improve an already superior in-flight product.

Both new and existing customers in the UK and further afield on connecting flights will soon have an opportunity to fly on the most talked-about aircraft in the world in and out of London.

We have already received our second 787 with a further three to join our fleet by the end of the year. And we won’t stop there. With more 787s being inducted into the fleet next year, further route launches and our move to a brand new international airport in Doha during 2013, we continue to look forward to another year of exciting developments.

With our ever-expanding international network, more people from different parts of the world will have an opportunity to fly Qatar Airways and our new 787s to and from our Doha hub.’

The B787 aircraft will operate on flight QR075 from Doha to Heathrow. The new aircraft feature Wi-Fi Internet access, touch screen Android IFE systems, and two-class seating.

Qatar Airline to Utilise Dreamliner on London Heathrow Route

Qatar Airways, a Qatar based airline company, will be putting its initial Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft in to service on flights between London Heathrow and Doha from December 2012.

The airline chief executive officer, Akbar Al Baker, commenting on the announcement, also said that he is in favour of an additional runway at London Heathrow airport.

He said, ‘Heathrow is bursting at the seams and has already reached a critical point.

Already heading towards a double dip recession, the UK cannot afford to lose out on the huge benefits a third runway would bring to the economy in south east England and the country as a whole through the creation of more jobs and more business opportunities.

No capacity increase will inevitably lead to further economic hardship with job losses and businesses closing down.

Heathrow is already losing out to European neighbouring hubs that have the resource to expand capacity.

Measures to expand need to be taken soon to avoid a catastrophic situation in the future. The UK government cannot afford to immerse itself in long-winded debate and public enquiries. Action needs to be taken.’

The airline is to introduce its Boeing Dreamliner aircraft on its Heathrow to Doha services, as part of its expanded services from London.

Said Baker, ‘With our Boeing 787 Dreamliner entering London Heathrow as our first long-haul route with this aircraft in a few weeks’ time, this demonstrates the level of confidence we have in our UK operations. The government needs to understand the importance of allowing airlines to expand and keep them at Heathrow otherwise there is a risk carriers will move away.’

Thomson Airways to Receive Boeing Dreamliner Aircraft

Thomson Airways, a UK based charter airline company, will be the first leisure carrier to operate a Boeing 787 Dreamliner.

The airline is planning to induct the initial aircraft to its flight schedule from May 1, 2013. The aircraft should be delivered to the airline by the first quarter of 2013, and it is intended to offer better travel options to the airline’s passengers.

Thomson proposes to redesign the aircraft to carry around 291 passengers, with a Premium Club cabin seating 47 passengers, and the Economy Club cabin seating 244 passengers. The airline intends to acquire eight of the 13 Dreamliners, ordered by TUI Travel, the parent travel company. The first four are likely to arrive in 2013, an additional three in 2014, and the last in 2015.

The company is inviting its guests to name its first Dreamliner through a contest on Twitter, using the hash tag, #nameourplane.

Another UK based airline, British Airways, will be acquiring its Boeing 787 Dreamliners, to be delivered in May 2013, with three aircraft set to arrive that year. The airline is also acquiring A380 aircraft, the first of which is likely to join the fleet in the second half of 2013.

The chief executive officer of the airline’s parent company, Willie Walsh, said, ‘We are in discussions with Airbus about deliveries. The A380 deliveries will be pushed back and it’s likely we will continue to take delivery of the A380s in 2013 but it will be probably towards the third quarter of the year before we take delivery of those aircraft.

The 787s remain broadly on target in terms of delivery – there’s been a little bit of slippage but nothing of any great significance.

We remain broadly on target to take delivery of the A380s and 787s.’