Paris Air Show

Boeing officially launched their new 787-10 series today with orders for 102 aircraft, including 12 from British Airways.

The orders for the new, stretched version of the Dreamliner, worth nearly $30 billion at list prices, came from Air Lease (30), GE Capital Services (10), Singapore Airlines (30), United (20) and British Airways (12). British Airways had already confirmed an option for a further 18 Dreamliners earlier this year so it is now apparent that 12 of those are for the 10 series; what is not clear is how the remaining 6 will be split between the 8 & 9 series.

The 10 series isn’t expected to be ready until 2018 so Boeing were busy showing off the existing 8 series in Paris with an Air India plane, showing of its paces. It does have a certain grace we must say.

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British Airways new A380 took to the skies over France yesterday as part of the Paris Air Show.

British Airways has orders for 12 A380s with the first aircraft set to be delivered to the airline in the first week of July. It will then be briefly based at Manston Airport in Kent for further tests and training before being introduced on short-haul routes within Europe as part of the airline’s crew familiarisation programme. Although the airline hasn’t advised which routes will be served as part of this process, most industry observers expect Paris, Frankfurt & Madrid to be the most likely destinations.

The first scheduled A380 service will be on 15th October between Heathrow & Los Angeles followed a month later on 15th November between Heathrow & Hong Kong. Future routes might include Sao Paulo, New York, Johannesburg, Lagos, Singapore, Tokyo & Beijing. British Airways will be one of the only airlines to offer a 4 cabin service with World Traveller, World Traveller Plus, Club World & First.

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