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British Airways acquires new plane

LONDON, Jul 16 – British Airways is the first UK airline to take delivery of the long range Boeing 777-300ER.

The state-of-the art aircraft, is longer, quieter and more fuel efficient than its predecessors and showcases the future face of British Airways.The Boeing 777-300ER is the largest long-range twin-engine commercial airplane in the world.

The airline has ordered six 777-300ERs, with three going into service before the end of 2010 and the sixth in early February 2012.Each aircraft has a four cabin configuration with seating for 297 customers.

The aircraft is extremely fuel efficient, with CO2 emissions per seat 23 per cent lower than the 747-300. 777-300ERs have an extended range of around 8,000 miles. At 242ft long the Boeing 777-300ER is 11ft longer than the Boeing 747-400. Powered exclusively by the General Electric GE90-115BL engine, it is the world\’s largest and most powerful commercial jet engine, producing 115,300 pounds of thrust.

It features an all-new interior including new World Traveller and new World Traveller Plus cabins and a new in-flight entertainment system. It will feature more than 230 TV programmes, 70 films and 400 CDs, plug and play technology, as well as 60 per cent bigger high-resolution screens.

Willie Walsh, British Airways’ chief executive, said: “Our first Boeing 777-300ER aircraft reflects our continued commitment to deliver the best travel experience to customers.

“It is the aircraft first to be fitted out with our new World Traveller and World Traveller Plus cabins, with new in-flight entertainment systems providing customers with 50 per cent more choice on movies and doubling the range of TV and music options.

“We will add two more B777-300s by the end of this year, and three more by early 2012. All these new aircraft generate significantly less CO2 emissions per seat than their predecessors and reinforce British Airways’ commitment to reduce its carbon footprint.”

When it goes into service later this year, the 297 seat aircraft will offer a four class configuration including First, Club World, World Traveller Plus and World Traveller.

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In addition, the airline has also ordered 12 Airbus A380’s and 24 Boeing 787 dream line aircraft. The delivery schedule for the first six Airbus A380 aircraft has been extended, with the first delivery now due in 2013 and the final aircraft arriving in 2016. 

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