It seems as though British Airways is finally gearing up to take delivery of its first Boeing 787-10 aircraft. The aircraft had been due to be delivered in January of this year. However, this was pushed back.
Many airlines have been delaying and deferring aircraft deliveries as a result of the current situation. However, it seems as though British Airways is happy to still take delivery of aircraft, with two widebody deliveries reportedly scheduled for this week. Most notably, it appears as though the airline could finally take delivery of its first Boeing 787-10 Dreamliner.
What do we know?
Initially, British Airways had excitedly announced that it was to take delivery of its first Boeing 787-10 aircraft in January. This announcement came in November last year, alongside news that the plane would debut to Atlanta in February.
However, the aircraft wasn’t delivered in January and thus was unable to fly to Atlanta in February. Neither British Airways or Boeing never confirmed the reason for the delay. However, earlier this year, Boeing did temporarily close its Charleston plant to deal with the fall out of the current pandemic. This closure undoubtedly added to the hold-up.
According to data from FlightRadar24.com, the aircraft has taken two test flights in May, on the 8th and the 13th. These were the first flights in almost two months. However, the All Things Boeing 787 blog maintains a spreadsheet of the status of every single Boeing 787. BA’s first 787-10, G-ZBLA, is now listed as “ready for delivery.”
According to UK Aviation, the first aircraft is due to touch down in London at 08:00 on Thursday. The aircraft has not yet been placed on the CAA’s aircraft registry.
Not the only widebody delivery
It seems as though the Boeing 787-10 might not be the only widebody expected by British Airways this week. It looks as though the airline’s sixth Airbus A350-1000 will also be delivered this week.
Unlike the Boeing 787-10, we can be more sure about the Airbus A350’s delivery. The aircraft was registered with the Civil Aviation Authority on Friday (May 15th). Twitter’s @airline_kitty first spotted the expected delivery. Meanwhile, according to this FlyerTalk post, the A350 will be flown to Heathrow on Wednesday (May 20th).
With the delivery of its sixth Airbus A350-1000, the British flag carrier will have received a third of its A350 orders.
British Airways debuted its new Club Suite business class cabin onboard the Airbus A350. However, the Boeing 787-10 to be delivered will be the first new Boeing aircraft to feature the game-changing suite. Previously the Club Suite was installed on some older retrofitted Boeing 777 aircraft.
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