Star of stage and screen, Kim Cattrall, who was born in England, grew up in Canada and lives in the US, today began the countdown for customers to book flights on British Airways’ first Boeing 787, which arrived at its new Heathrow home today.
The airline is planning to serve Toronto with the 787 from September 1 and Newark, New York from October 1, subject to regulatory approval.
Flights are now on sale and to celebrate the airline is launching with a fare of £787 return in World Traveller Plus (premium economy) to both cities. Customers can also upgrade to Club World for an additional £787 return (total of £1,574 return per person).
Customers can book via ba.com or by calling 0844 493 0787.
Kim Cattrall, said: “I fly regularly between London, Canada and the USA with British Airways and I love their service. I need to be ready to work when I land, so to know that I can fly on their 787s and arrive feeling really rested and refreshed is a definite bonus for me.”
Cabin noise on the 787 is much less than on older aircraft types. Different pressurisation means the internal cabin altitude is the equivalent of 6,000ft, which is 2,000ft lower than on other aircraft. This leads to greater humidity, reducing the drying effect of the cabin air, so customers arrive feeling more refreshed. The aircraft’s smooth ride technology also provides extra comfort during any turbulence.
The bespoke lighting in every cabin can be set to reflect the time of day, helping to lull travellers to sleep at night and to wake them in the morning. Customers can also enjoy much larger windows, offering views of the horizon from every seat.
Willie Walsh, chief executive of IAG, said: “The 787 is a tremendous, innovative aircraft which sets new standards for environmental performance and operating efficiency and I’m sure British Airways customers will love it.
“The 787 will become a mainstay of the British Airways fleet over the next few years. This is the first of 24 that will arrive by 2017, and we have announced plans to convert further options for the aircraft into firm orders for delivery from 2017, including for the new larger 787-10 version.”
British Airways has ordered 24 787s, which will arrive over the next four years. The airline has also ordered 12 A380s and six additional 777-300ERs. Over the next 12 months, it will take delivery of a new aircraft at the rate of one a fortnight.
The aircraft orders form the centrepiece of British Airways’ £5bn investment in improved customer experience in the air and on the ground. The airline is the first in Europe to operate both the 787 and the A380.
Mitch Preston is British Airways’ first 787 pilot to fly the aircraft from Boeing’s Seattle home to London. Preston said: “It was a real pleasure to fly the 787 home to Heathrow today – it’s a joy to operate, and a really smooth ride.
“It’s exceptionally quiet and the cabin environment, combined with the service customers would expect from British Airways, will make for a great experience.
“I for one can’t wait to welcome our customers on board.”
For further information, please contact the British Airways press office on 020 8738 5100.
June 27, 2013 071a/AA/13
Notes to editors:
· Kim Cattrall starred in the TV and film versions of ‘Sex and the City’ and is currently appearing in ‘Sweet Bird of Youth’ at London’s Old Vic theatre.
· The images attached are ONLY for use in direct relation to this British Airways press release. Any other usage is permitted solely with written permission from British Airways.
· From June 27 until midnight on July 16, British Airways is offering flights to Toronto and Newark on the 787 from £787 return for a World Traveller Plus (premium economy) seat. The airline is also offering flights to Toronto and Newark in Club World (business class) on the 787 from £1,574 return on sale from June 27, 2013 until midnight on July 3, 2013. World Traveller (economy) seats to Toronto will start from £517 return and to Newark from £444 return. Travel dates are between October 21, 2013 and December 13, 2013, and December 25, 2013 and March 27, 2014 and are on sale from June 27 until midnight on July 16.
· Lead-in fares for the 787 to Toronto on September 1 are £619 in World Traveller, with limited availability, £1,028 in World Traveller Plus and £2,857 in Club World.
· Lead-in fares for the 787 to Newark on October 1 are £444 with limited availability, in World Traveller, £787 in World Traveller Plus and £2,505 in Club World.
· British Airways offer three nights at the 4* Delta Chelsea in Toronto from £699 per person, based on two adults sharing, for travel in November. The price includes return economy British Airways flights from Heathrow to Toronto and room only accommodation. Visit ba.com/toronto or call 0844 4930758.
· British Airways offer three nights at the 5* Ritz-Carlton New York Battery Park from £699 per person, based on two adults sharing, for travel between January 2 and 31, 2014. The price includes return economy British Airways flights from Heathrow to Newark and room only accommodation. Visit ba.com/newyork or call 0844 4930758
· All prices are subject to availability.
· Boeing conducted a number of tests with universities around the world to determine how to develop the most comfortable flying experience. They discovered that a 6,000ft cabin altitude, which can be achieved as the composite fuselage can be pressurised more than other aircraft, rather than the normal 7,000-8,000ft cabin altitude, combined with specialist HEPA filters and increasing cabin humidity can result in customers feeling less fatigued and more refreshed.
· UK companies manufacture 25 per cent of the parts on a 787.