Preparations for the new generation Boeing 787 Dreamliner to enter the British Airways fleet in two years’ time are well underway.
The airline is evaluating the 787 as the first aircraft to arrive in the UK flew in for the Farnborough Air Show yesterday (Sunday).
Deliveries of the 787 are more than two years behind schedule due to production delays, with the first aircraft not due to enter commercial service with first customer All Nippon Airways until the end of the year at the earliest.
BA has orders for 24 of the new aircraft which will join its long haul fleet from 2012.
The aircraft are 30% more fuel efficient than the 767s they will replace and make only a quarter of the noise of a 747.
A BA design team is already working on developing the 787’s interior which will have a “premium feel” throughout the cabin.
The design will be inspired by the airline’s rich heritage, but with a contemporary feel which will include environmentally driven design initiatives.
The airline’s flight operations and engineering teams are evaluating innovative systems to ensure they can take every advantage of the aircraft’s improved efficiencies, BA said.
Work has started to upgrade the airline’s engineering hangars in order to maintain the aircraft.
BA head of environment Jonathan Counsell said: “We are committed to addressing our impact on climate change. Adopting new technology is one of the ways in which we are reducing our greenhouse gas emissions.
“The 787s we have ordered are not only more fuel efficient than the aircraft they will replace, but they also produce nearly half the amount of nitrogen dioxide emissions.”