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Dreamliner touches down at Newcastle for flying visit
2:46pm Thursday 8th August 2013 in News
PLANE spotters, holidaymakers and airport staff welcomed the British Airways Dreamliner to Newcastle International Airport today.
BA's first Boeing 787 visit to Newcastle was part of the airline’s preparations for introducing the aircraft to long-haul flying in September.
Captain Simon Scholey, right, with Senior First Officer Mitch Preston and the rest of the British Airways crew. Picture: Tom Banks
Customers travelling from Newcastle will be able to connect onto the Dreamliner, the most technologically advanced passenger aircraft in the world, when it begins flying direct from Heathrow to Toronto, from September 1, and to Newark, New York, from October 1.
British Airways has ordered 24 of the Dreamliners to arrive by 2017 as part of the airline’s £5bn investment in products and services. The airline’s parent company IAG has announced options to buy a further 18.
The visit to Newcastle helped to train British Airways operational staff based at the airport to handle the aircraft in the event of a diversion, as well as building the pilots’ flight training hours.
Senior First Officer Mitch Preston and Andy Lord from British Airways operations inside the Dreamliner's state-of-the-art cockpit. Picture: Tom Banks
Richard Tams of British Airways said: “We’re very excited to have flown our new Boeing 787 Dreamliner into Newcastle International Airport, which hundreds of thousands of our customers use every year to transfer onto international flights at Heathrow.
“Our customers in the north of England are hugely important to us, and we wanted them to be among the first to see the new aircraft and to learn about all the benefits it brings”
Newcastle International Airport chief executive Dave Laws, said: “British Airways’ Heathrow service is a vital link for business and leisure travellers in the North-East and one which sees thousands of passengers connect onto international services.”
The Boeing 787 Dreamliner comes in to land at Newcastle. Picture: Tom Banks
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