Heathrow Shuffle

It’s always an exciting time for us when a customer receives its first 787. So I’d like to congratulate British Airways as their first Dreamliner landed at Heathrow earlier today.

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The first 787 for British Airways is seen on approach to Heathrow. Photo by Lance Kuhn from Boeing Field Service.

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The 787 meets a 747 after arriving at Heathrow. British Airways photo.

Mitch Preston piloted the airplane on today’s flight, saying: “It was a real pleasure to fly the 787 home to Heathrow today - it’s a joy to operate, and a really smooth ride.”

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Waving the Union Jack after arriving at Heathrow. British Airways photo.

Willie Walsh, chief executive of IAG pictured below, couldn’t contain his excitement. He tells us the 787 will become a mainstay of the British Airways fleet over the next few years.

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Willie Walsh reacts as the 787 lands in the UK. British Airways photo.

Actress Kim Cattrall, who was born in England, grew up in Canada and lives in the U.S., helped British Airways begin the countdown for customers to book flights on the 787. Flights are now on sale to Toronto and Newark with a special fare of £787 return in World Traveller Plus (premium economy) to both cities. Customers can also upgrade to Club World for an additional £787 return.

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The star of “Sex and the City” helps BA kick off special airfares on the 787. British Airways photo.

I’ll be over in the UK next month as British Airways officially welcomes the 787 to its fleet. I look forward to that— and celebrating Boeing’s 75th anniversary in the UK.

Comments (7)

Andrew (Boise, ID USA):

I like Willy Walsh interpretation for "V" for victory photo above. The period of telling about the 787 winding down and the "new" period of the 787 "Experience" has started.

The Experience:

"Mitch Preston piloted the airplane on today’s flight, saying: “It was a real pleasure to fly the 787 home to Heathrow today - it’s a joy to operate, and a really smooth ride.”

Its time for passengers to stop reading and put down news article analysing the 787 and join the "experience". Congratulation's British Airways and Boeing. There was an old rock song from the 70's that asked that question in the lyrics. Are you Experienced? I can't remember if that came from the "Doors" or Jimmy Hendrix?

Herb (London):

This is a brilliant airplane Randy and looks lovely in these colors. Happy to hear you will be back in the UK to celebrate with us.

Speed:

Does the door that the Union Jack is displayed from have any use besides flag waving? Is it a standard item or an option?

Norman (Long Beach, CA):

British Airways and the 787-8,9,and 10; the possibilities are endless.

Shishir Jindal (Lucknow (U.P), India):

Congratulations to British Airways for receiving its first Dreamliner, Boeing 787. I am sure Boeing 787 would become one of the most successful Aircraft in future. Even our own Airline Air India has acquired it.

I am an Aviation enthusiast and holds Private Pilot Licence (PPL)which I got on Cessna 152-A and Piper Cub J3C in 1988. I am also Convenor of Lucknow Aeronautics Forum and active Member of Aero Club of India at Safdarjung Airport, New Delhi.

Best wishes and happy landings for Boeing & British Airways.

Kevin (Los Angeles):

While on vacation to the Seattle-Vancouver area last week, I took my family to the Boeing Tour at the Paine Field. It was an amazing experience to see the assembly lines where the 748, 777 and 787's are being put together.

Our tour group included people from Poland, France, Holland, Australia, New Zealand, Canada as well as various parts of the US. We were pleased to see the numerous 787's parked outside, already painted in so many different liveries.

hall (us):

Best wishes and happy landings for Boeing & British Airways.heathrowis a brilliant airplane and looks lovely in these colors

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