NEW DELHI: In a sign of the growing importance of Indian aviation market for the world’s biggest airlines, British Airways has deployed its first Boeing 787-9 on the London-Delhi route. The brand new aircraft landed in Delhi on Monday.
BA’s second 787-9 joined the fleet last week and will start flying to Abu Dhabi and Muscat on November 5. Other future routes include Kuala Lumpur, Austin and San Jose, California.
The new 787s are the centrepiece of BA’s £5 billion investment programme to benefit customers. A total of 42 Dreamliners will join BA and this aircraft will become the mainstay of the airline’s fleet. BA’s B787-9 Dreamliner is 20 feet longer than its 787-8 predecessor and has four classes with an addition of a new first cabin.
Robert Williams, BA’s head of sales for Asia-Pacific, said, “We are delighted to launch our very first Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner to New Delhi with a brand new First cabin. It 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 more than 179 cities in 75 countries.”