In a first, British Airways' latest Boeing lands in Delhi
British Airways today flew the latest version of Boeing 787, the first global destination for the new aircraft since its induction into the English carrier's fleet. Boeing 787-9 which replaces B787-8 landed at the Indira Gandhi International Airport here at 8.55 am today. The induction of the new aircraft was part of the airline's five billion pound modernisation and refurbishment plan of its fleet, spread over five years since 2011. The plan includes induction of super jumbos Airbus A-380s, more Boeing 787-8s, 787-9s and 787-10s, apart from a range of product upgrades. "The induction of the new aircraft shows British Airways real commitment to the India market, which is the second largest market after the USA and outside the UK," British Airways Regional Commercial Manager for South Asia Moran Birger said. He said the British Airways was open to expand its India network further with the fleet expansion going forward. The UK's flag carrier, which has been flying to India for over 90 years, tcurrently operates 49 flights a week from London's Heathrow airport to five India cities of Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Bengaluru and Hyderabad. Globally, the carrier flies to 179 airports across 75 countries. British Airways' second 787-9 joined the fleet last week and is destined to start flying to Abu Dhabi and Muscat on the November 5. Other future routes include Kuala Lumpur, Austin and one of British Airways' many new route announcements for next year San Jose, California, the airline said.