British Airways has made Delhi the first destination of its brand new Boeing 787-9, the latest version of Dreamliner, and rolled out a limited offer slashing economy class fares by 50 per cent for the flight, which would also have a first class.
The first Boeing 787-9 would be delivered in September and the airline would start its commercial operations from Delhi from October 25, its Regional Commercial Manager for South Asia Moran Birger said here.
With this development, Delhi will become the first route for British Airways (BA) globally to benefit from the brand new Boeing 787-9 and a new first class cabin, he said, adding that Abu Dhabi would be the second global destination where this latest aircraft would fly.
BA, which has been flying to India for over 90 years, currently operates 49 flights a week from London Heathrow to five India cities of Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Bengaluru and Hyderabad.
The First cabin in this aircraft would have only eight seats compared with 14 available on other British Airways long-haul aircraft, “giving even more exclusivity and privacy to customers,” he said.
The BA official said the induction of the new aircraft, in a three-class configuration, was part of the airline’s five billion pound modernisation and refurbishment plan of its fleet, spread over five years since 2011.
The plan includes induction of superjumbos Airbus A-380s, more Boeing 787-8s, 787-9s and 787-10s, apart from a range of product upgrades.
With a total of 42 Boeing 787s destined to join BA, the aircraft would become the mainstay of the airline’s fleet, Birger said, adding that BA already operates Boeing 787-8s to other destinations including Chennai.
He also announced the launch of a limited special fare offer of over 50 per cent off for its customers travelling from New Delhi to London-Heathrow on the new aircraft in the economy class.
The discount for the sale would be for three days from July 14 to 16, while the outbound travel period would be from October 25 to December 31, he said.
The British carrier was also in the process of reconfiguring 18 of its 747s in-line with the newest arrivals to its fleet, the first of which would begin flying from September 2015.