British Airways has launched its Boeing 787 Dreamliner on the route between London and Chengdu.
The new aircraft touched down at the Sichuan capital’s Shuangliu International Airport for the first time on 6 May 2014, replacing the B777 that previously operated the route. And the UK national carrier has also now increased the frequency of its Chengdu flights from three to five flights per week.
Keith Williams, BA’s executive chairman travelled onboard the first Dreamliner flight.
“I am very pleased to be able to deliver on our promise to our customers in Chengdu with the arrival of our new Boeing 787 Dreamliner today. Chengdu is one of the first destinations on our global network to be served by the new aircraft,” said Williams.
“The Dreamliner… sets new standards for environmental performance and operating efficiency, and I’m sure our customers in Chengdu will love it.”
The arrival of the B787 was marked by a performance by British opera singer, Katherine Jenkins, who entertained the crowds in Chengdu from the steps of the aircraft.
BA’s B787-8 Dreamliner comes equipped with 214 seats in a three-cabin layout, with 35 seats in business class, 25 in premium economy and 154 in economy.
The airline first launched its Chengdu route in September last year, marking its third destination in mainland China following Beijing and Shanghai.