British Airways (BA) debuted its new Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft with an inaugural long-haul flight between London and Toronto on Sept. 1. The flight arrived from London on Sunday afternoon at approximately 3:24 p.m. local time at Toronto and departed the same evening at 7:20 p.m., marking the first long-haul service for the airline’s new fleet. Features of the 787 Dreamliner include improvements in air quality, mood lighting, quieter cabins and lower air pressure.
The Dreamliner will fly exclusively between Toronto Pearson and London Heathrow in September and beginning in October, between New York and London. British Airways plans to add 24 new Dreamliner 787s to its fleet over the next four years. The 787 also has the largest windows of any commercial airliner, offering customers views of the horizon from every seat. Instead of pull down blinds, each one has its own dimmer switch. British Airways’ 787 is fitted with the airline’s new Thales entertainment system. Each seat features a television screen and customers can choose from more than 700 hours of movies, TV and music, including 230 TV programs, 70 movies and 400 music albums and interactive games. Travellers can also communicate and play games with friends elsewhere on the aircraft using an in-seat chat system. (http://www.britishairways.com)