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October 29, 2015

British Airways Debuts New First Class Cabin

By Zahra Al-Kateb

British Airways PlcBritish Airways launched their first Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner aircraft last week, debuting the new first class cabin.

Larger than its predecessor, the 787-9 offers World Traveler Plus (economy), World and Club World (business class) as well as the new First Cabin – a first for the airline’s 787 fleet.

In comparison to the 14 seats that are usually available on other British Airways long-haul aircrafts, the 787 offers just eight, providing privacy and exclusivity for customers.

The new cabin has been designed based on the feedback from previous First customers and puts comfort first without sacrificing style, showcasing that British Airways really is at the forefront of design.

British Airways PlcThe intimate suite allows customers to take advantage of up to four new storage areas including an ottoman beside the adjustable footstool, providing the perfect space for shoes, handbags and other personal items. A personal suiter for jackets and coats are now also available without the passenger having to leave their seat. A locker positioned at eye level also provides the perfect place for storing tablets, spectacles, passports and wash bags.

The in-flight entertainment system has been updated with a smartphone-inspired handset which allows passengers to be in control. One it has been docked, passengers are able to watch one thing – such as the moving map – on the handset while simultaneously watching a movie on the 23 inch fixed screen. Without the need to stow the television during take of and landing, passengers are able to enjoy gate-to-gate entertainment.

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The 787s are the most technologically advanced aircrafts in the British Airways fleet, with the different pressurization meaning the internal cabin altitude is equivalent to 6,000ft which is 2,000ft lower than on other aircrafts. This results in greater humidity, preventing the drying effects of cabin air that most have come to associate with flying, ensuring that passengers arrive at their destination feeling more refreshed. The aircraft also boasts smooth ride technology which helps to provide extra comfort during turbulence.

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