BA announces imminent delivery dates for its first A380 and B787’s

British Airways has released further details about the delivery dates for its first A380 and B787 aircraft, as well as news of the crew training flights that will be operated:

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The countdown is well and truly underway as the airline looks forward to welcoming the first of its new aircraft later this month.

In a message to all colleagues, chief executive Keith Williams confirmed the first two 787s would be arriving on June 26 and 27, followed by the first A380 a week later on July 4.

Keith said: “The arrivals mark a historic moment for our airline – our first new aircraft types in 17 years and a spectacular demonstration of our £5bn customer investment programme.”

He also thanked colleagues for their hard work and stressed how planning for this moment started over six years ago.

He added: “Planning started over six years ago but over the past six months we’ve moved into full throttle. Teams from across the airline have come together to ensure our people are trained and prepared.”

The airline is planning to hold a double celebration on July 4 with a live broadcast to colleagues of the A380 arriving in front of 380 staff, some VIP customers and the media. It will then pull up alongside the 787 as the airline officially welcomes both aircraft to its fleet.

Following their arrival, both aircraft will be used for training before they go into service. This will include pilot and cabin crew training at Manston Airport in Kent, customer service trials at Heathrow and a period of short-haul flying – Stockholm for the 787 and Frankfurt for the A380. Flights within the UK will also take place during this period and further details will be announced nearer the time.

I will do what I can to snag a flight on both / either of the A380 and B787 introductory flights (BA – feel free to send me a ticket if you like, raffles [at] headforpoints.co.uk!).  I tried to grab a ticket for the London to Oslo test flights that Norwegian is doing for its Boeing 787’s, but without success (well, without success for business class!) – hopefully I can do better this time.

More details on the A380’s, including some photos and video footage, can be found in this old Head for Points post.

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Comments

  1. James67 says:

    Personally, I wouldn*t take a flight on a 787 right now even if they paid me. Too many reports of QA/QC failings for my liking. I fail to understand the excitment about a midsized longhsul airplane. The reality is that it has been outsold by the 20 year old a330 for the last 4 years, and probably again this year. I love the a380 but I’m very disappointed BA did not use the launch as an opportunity to introduce a step change in F and J products. Sadly, the BA of yesteryear seems to be long gone. Their F Nd J no longer ranking amongst the best. I still enjoy CW but mainly because of the privacy it provides to me as a solo traveller.

  2. BA obviously will wish to mx use the publicity which can be generated by the arrival of these aircraft.

    The fact remains that with the A380 in particular they are 6 years late to the party an unlike any other operator have equipped it with dated cramped high density premium seating, identical to what is found on there 747 fleet!

    They also need to divert attention from fare hikes and the announcement yesterday of further hikes in RFS fees. The result of the latest hikes, the 2nd time sine lat October means club Europe will have risen 43% in a year.

    Passengers need something new from BA which is clearly now exploiting it dominance at LHR through poor products and unjustified fare and fee hikes.

    Time for a new airport to drive up standards and slow BA rush to the bottom.

  3. Slapshot says:

    Will the new aircraft lead to an increase in reward seat availability, especially on the A380 routes?

    • Depends how they are used – I assume they may try to consolidate routes with 2 x 75 per cent full daily flights into 1 full A380, which won’t change anything. Let’s see.

      • James67 says:

        CW on a380 HKG route was shoeing very good availsbility for end of year last time I checked a few weeks ago.

  4. Richie says:

    Does anyone have any info on which dates/flight numbers these traing flights will be operating .. I would like to go on both. (Sad I know) , I’m shocked they have chosen Frankfurt . I was presuming Paris or maybe Madrid, . I can understand the 787 route though. As for the comment on the 787 safety.. You only live once

    • …and that’s why I’d prefer to live as long as possible!

    • Colin A-B says:

      It’s believed the 787 will most likely be on the BA 780/781 flights, but on which dates who knows!