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British Airways’ Boeing 787 Dreamliner to make inaugural flight to Canada

State-of-the-art passenger jet to touch down in Toronto on September 1


August 30, 2013
by Travel Management Canada Staff

TORONTO—British Airways is debuting its new Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft with an inaugural long-haul flight between London and Toronto on September 1. The flight will arrive from London at 2:55pm local time and depart at 7:20pm, marking the first long-haul service for the airline’s new fleet.

The Dreamliner will fly exclusively between Toronto and London in September and between New York and London beginning in October. British Airways plans to add 24 new Dreamliner 787s to its fleet over the next four years. This is part of the airline’s investment of more than £5bn worldwide in new aircrafts, smarter cabins, elegant lounges and new technologies to make life more comfortable in the air and on the ground.

“We’re delighted to be bringing the first in our new fleet of aircraft into Toronto,” said Sean Doyle, EVP Americas for British Airways.  “I believe our Canadian customers will enjoy the new features of this truly remarkable aircraft and will arrive in London ready to work, site-see or continue on to one of our many exciting destinations in Europe, Asia and Africa.”

The new aircraft accommodates 214 passengers, 35 in Club World (business class), 25 in World Traveller Plus (premium economy) and 154 in World Traveller (economy). The three newly designed cabins feature high quality materials, comfortable seats and increased bag storage. Customers in British Airways Club World cabin can take advantage of wide, full-flat beds and Club Kitchen, a snack bar open throughout the flight.

The 787 also has the largest windows of any commercial airliner, offering customers views of the horizon from every seat, said British Airways. Instead of pull down blinds, each one has its own dimmer switch. The plane is fitted with the airline’s new Thales entertainment system. Each seat features a television screen and customers can choose from more than 700 hours of movies, TV and music, including 230 TV programs, 70 movies and 400 music albums and interactive games. Travellers can also communicate and play games with friends elsewhere on the aircraft using an in-seat chat system, said the airline.