British Airways Boeing 787 Unveiled At Newcastle Airport

by Continental Club on August 8, 2013

British Airways LogoLess than a week after the first passengers boarded the inaugural commercial flight of British Airways’ new Airbus A380 aircraft, Newcastle International Airport welcomed the airline’s other new addition to the fleet – the Boeing 787 ‘Dreamliner’.

The visit to the North East England regional airport represented the first port-of-call on a round-Britain tour of British Airways’ domestic airports, and the start of a day which would see customer passengers boarding a BA 787 flight for the very first time.

Prior to landing in Newcastle, the aircraft overflew the Rolls-Royce factory in Derby, to mark the contribution made by the company’s workforce to the design, development and construction of the two Trent 1000 engines which power the 787. A Rolls-engined WWII Spitfire joined in the flypast.

On the ground in Newcastle, journalists and customers had been invited in advance to welcome the British Airways Dreamliner, but the aircraft’s arrival on stand drew a crowd of passengers to the terminal building’s windows – and even attracted waiting taxi drivers to take up a viewing position outside.

The visit served not only to introduce passengers and the press to the aircraft, but also to give ground staff at Newcastle the opportunity to familiarise themselves with the new Boeing. Although scheduled services will operate longhaul from and to London’s Heathrow Airport, Newcastle is used from time to time when diversions take place.

Once the aircraft had been connected to the ground services and cleared for boarding, the invited guests were able to tour all three cabins – Club World Business Class, World Traveller Plus Premium Economy and World Traveller Economy – as well as some corners of the aircraft not usually seen by the public.

The aircraft touched down at 10:20BST on the airport’s Runway 25, having flown over the city and then a final approach from the coast over St. Mary’s Lighthouse.

787 NCL Approach

Taxiing off the active runway, the 787’s distinctive smooth-nosed profile was immediately obvious.

787 NCL Turn Off

787 NCL Arrival

787 NCL Taxi 2

787 NCL Taxi 1

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The (ladies and) gentlemen of the press were bussed-out to the aircraft once she had come to a rest on-stand – with quite a few of the assembled throng taking their own mobile phone pictures before the professional equipment was unpacked.

787 NCL Press

787 NCL Bus

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The customary interviews with the aircraft’s pilots were followed by the airstair parade of the whole crew, all of whom were clearly more than excited to be working on board the Dreamliner.

787 NCL Crew

787 NCL FUSELAGE

With its higher than normal cabin pressure and humidity, redesigned cabin interiors and unusually-large windows, the Boeing 787 has been carefully-developed to significantly improve the travelling experience for all passengers.

The way that this aircraft is built and will be maintained make the Dreamliner the most advanced commercial airliner in operation.

On board, British Airways has installed the latest evolution of the Club World flat bed business class seat, in the same configuration first seen on the upper deck of the Airbus A380.

787 NCL Club World 1

The new layout features a particularly spacious centre seat which benefits from both additional personal storage and privacy.

787 NCL Club World 2

787 NCL Club World 3

Window seats in all cabins are notably bright thanks to the larger-than-normal portholes. Traditional blinds have been replaced on all 787s with electrically-controlled dimmers, the adjuster for which is a button below each pane. In addition, BA has fitted graduated-tint wall panels which fade from a serviceable grey at skirting level, up to white above.

787 NCL Club World 4

Elsewhere on board, World Traveller Plus Premium Economy and World Traveller Economy feature the same seats that have been seen following recent delivery of the larger Boeing 777-300s, as well as the complete stripping and re-fitting of BA’s 777-200 fleet.

As the aircraft prepared to depart across the border to Edinburgh, there was one final opportunity to view the aircraft’s exterior at close quarters.

787 NCL Nose Oblique

787 NCL Nose

That uniquely-smooth cockpit nose profile once again (above), as well as the Rolls-Royce Trent engines’ signature serrations on the trailing edge of their nacelles (below) and the sinuous wave of the turbine blades.

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787 NCL RR Trent

The airline’s classic white, red and blue livery has recently been modified slightly, with the re-appearance of the company’s crest and motto.

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NCL 787 Airways

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With departure-time reached, it was time to take one last look at the new aircraft, which will shortly begin shorthaul familiarisation flights to Stockholm’s Arlanda Airport. Passengers departing from Newcastle and other regional and international British Airways airports will be able to connect on to scheduled 787 longhaul services at London Heathrow from September 2013 – with the first destination announced being Toronto Pearson. Shortly afterwards, Newark Liberty will join the BA Dreamliner route network.

787 NCL Rear Stairs

787 NCL Vertical

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For more information on Newcastle International Airport, visit www.newcastleairport.com. For further details on the British Airways Boeing 787 Dreamliner, visit ba.com.

Continental Club was the guest of British Airways and Newcastle International Airport.

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