BA catches up with rest of world

It seems like BA is finally making an effort to catch up with the rest of the world and now word is circulating about both its new Dreamliner and the new A380.

The inaugural 787 route will be London Heathrow to Toronto, starting from September 1. One month later, on October 1, London Heathrow to Newark will be added. Special fares are available on both routes, coinciding with a UK sale in World Traveller (Economy) and World Traveller Plus (Premium Economy) cabins.

Flight BA093 will fly London to Toronto seven days a week, leaving Heathrow at 12.15pm, arriving at 2.55pm. BA092 does the reverse journey overnight, leaving Toronto at 7.10pm, landing at Heathrow at 7.05am the next day. BA096 and BA097 are scheduled to have the 787 on Mondays, Fridays, and Sundays as well.

For flights to Newark, your pick should be BA187 going west, leaving London at 6.15pm, arriving at 9.25pm. BA186 brings the Dreamliner back to its home base, again overnight, departing at 10.55pm, arriving 10.55am the next morning in the UK.

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The new British Airways Boeing 787 Dreamliner...

Roundtrip tickets start at £444 in Economy for London to Newark and £516 London to Toronto. Traveling the other way, from the US to UK and back, costs a little more with tickets starting from £787. Premium Economy on both routes goes for the magic number £787, with Business Class about double that amount at £1514 to Newark and £1567 to Toronto.

Tickets must be booked by July 16 and, as always, please read the terms & conditions of the special offer before you book, and there is always the risk of a last-minute swap to a different aircraft.

The BA Dreamliner comes in a three-class configuration, for a total of 214 seats. Club World (Business Class) is a 2-3-2 configuration of lie-flat sleeper seats, with a maximum of 35 passengers. World Traveller Plus is also 2-3-2 across, with a total of 25 seats. World Traveller has 9 seats across in a 3-3-3 split. Head over to our earlier story for everything you need to know about the seat plan.

Rumors abound about trial runs with the BA787 between London and Stockholm (and London and Frankfurt for the A380), but nothing has been confirmed at this point.

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...and like a scene from Casino Royale, the new Airbus A380 emerges

Meanwhile, British Airways has become the first airline in the UK to take delivery of an Airbus A380 superjumbo, carrying 469 passengers.The plane landed at Heathrow airport yesterday morning, and is the first of 12 superjumbos ordered by BA, which is currently spending £10bn to upgrade its long-haul fleet. The first commercial flights are due to begin in autumn 2013.

The Airbus A380 is the world’s largest passenger plane. BA has orders for 12 A380s and 42 Dreamliners to be delivered over the next 10 years. It also has bought six new Boeing 777-300ERs and 18 Airbus A350 aircraft.

Singapore Airlines was the first carrier to operate an A380, with its first flight taking place in October 2007. Virgin Atlantic is due to take the first of the six A380s it has ordered in 2018.

Problems emerged with the A380 in 2012, when hairline cracks appeared on some of the brackets used to link the wing to the plane. Each A380 has 4,000 of these brackets and the problem cost Airbus more than €250m in repair and service costs.

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