June 11, 2013
British Airways poised to become first airline in Europe to introduce both the Airbus A380 and the Boeing 787 into its fleet
British Airways will take delivery into the UK of its first two 787s on consecutive days, June 26th and 27th, followed by its first A380 on July 4th. Keith Williams, chief executive, said: “The delivery of these exciting aircraft opens a new chapter in British Airways’ history. We are proud to be leading the way in Europe in operating both these aircraft types. “Over the next 12 months, we will take delivery of new long-haul aircraft at an average rate of one every two weeks. Following their arrival, both aircraft types will begin a complex ‘entry into service’ programme, which will see pilot and cabin crew training taking place at Manston Airport in Kent, customer service trials at Heathrow and short-haul flying for both aircraft, including flights within the UK.