Britain: Airline Takes Delivery of Europe’s First Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner

Airlines and Aviation

Virgin Atlantic Airways is the first European airline to take delivery on a Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner. The technologically advanced airliner will be on the London Heathrow – Boston route.

Virgin 787-9

VIrgin Atlantic Airways Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner. Photo Credit: Boeing.


A Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner flown non-stop from Paine Field in Everett, Washington, to London's Gatwick Airport.

It is the first of 16 Boeing 787-9s that the British airline has on order.

"The first 787-9 in Europe will be a flagship for Virgin Atlantic's fleet, providing greatly improved efficiencies across its routes," says Todd Nelp, vice president of European Sales, Boeing Commercial Airplanes.

"The airplane, with its unique onboard features, will provide an unrivaled passenger experience, cementing Virgin Atlantic's reputation as a true innovator in air travel.”

Billed as the world’s most technologically advanced aircraft, the airplane consumes 20% percent less fuel use and 20% fewer emissions than the airplanes they replace.

In terms of passenger experience, the airliner has larger windows, larger stow bins, modern LED lighting, higher humidity levels, a lower cabin altitude, cleaner air, and a smoother ride.

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