Final assembly has commenced on British Airways’ first Boeing 787 Dreamliner, which is due to join the airline’s fleet in May next year.
BA has ordered 24 Dreamliners, as well as 12 Airbus A380s, the first of which is also due to enter the airline’s fleet in Q2 2013.
“This is an exciting first step to welcoming the first of our Boeing 787s into the British Airways fleet,” said Keith Williams, BA’s chief executive. “These revolutionary aircraft, form part of a GBP5 billion (US$8bn) investment by British Airways in new aircraft, smarter cabins, elegant lounges, and new technologies to make life more comfortable in the air – and on the ground.”
Last year BA completed the latest phase of a major redevelopment of its Heathrow engineering base to prepare for the arrival of the new fleet of B787s, B777-300ERs and A380s.
TUI will be the first UK airline to receive a Dreamliner, which will be used in its 2013 summer schedule.