As British Airways readies to welcomes its new 787-9 Dreamliner next month, it will unveil a brand new addition – its uber-luxe first-class cabin. The new aircraft which is 20 feet longer than its predecessor has used the additional space to accommodate first-class passengers. Currently the highest category on offer in 787-8 planes is Club World, BA’s business-class service.
We take a look at what’s in store –
1. Unlike the regular British Airways’ first-class cabins, the new cabin will accommodate only eight seats, which can fold down into a 6.6ft fully flat bed with ambient lighting that can automatically adjust to reflect the time of day, minimizing disruption to the circadian rhythm, which makes falling asleep — and waking up — a lot easier.
2. The Dreamliner’s first-class seat will feature a multi-function ‘jog-dial’ controller with haptic feedback that allows passengers to manage seat recline, headrest position, and lumbar inflation, along with ambient lighting and the reading lamp.
3.There is plenty of space to tuck away safely your personal belongings in the personal locker that can accommodate a tablet, passport, eyeglasses and such. Its eye-level positioning is intentional: a mirror inside the door allows touch-up grooming.
4. More storage spaces for shoes, handbags (under the ottoman), jackets or coats as well as a storage bin (under your armrest) for charging your mobile devices is also available.
5. Besides space, technological enhancements are a key focus. The seats come integrated with a smartphone-like touchscreen device that controls in-flight entertainment and the position of the seat itself.
6. The handset will also provide passengers with a second display screen so they can watch two things at once, such as a film on their 23-inch fixed screen and the flight-tracking map on their handheld device.
7. Windows on the Dreamliner are 50 per cent larger than a typical airliners’ and they’re equipped with electro-chromic dimmers instead of physical shades.
8. The Dreamliner is the most technologically advanced plane in its fleet and is known to reduce the effects of jet lag, thanks to cleaner air at a lower cabin pressure at 6,000 ft instead of the typical 8,000 ft. Noise-reducing engines also help to make the flight smoother and quieter – which also help to counter jet lag.
9. The seats are finished in diamond-patterned grey leather that comes from UK-based Prototrim, which crafted the interiors for the 2012 Bentley EXP 9 F and 2014 Land Rover Discovery Vision concepts. There is also the knurled metal focus ring on the reading lamp that is reminiscent of the bright knobs on the dashboard of a Bentley.
Details on dining options, amenity kits and other incidentals have yet to be confirmed.
British Airways’ 787-9 Dreamliner services commence on October 25, when the new aircraft will fly from London Heathrow to Delhi. The aircraft will subsequently fly from Britain to Abu Dhabi and Muscat (from November 5) and will later be used for flights to San Jose in California and Austin in Texas. First-class British Airways flights from Heathrow to Delhi are priced from £3,270 ($5,015) return; as part of an introductory promotion running until September 22, first-class flights cost from £2,878 ($4,414) return to Muscat and from £2,546 ($3,906) return to Abu Dhabi.
[ Via : BBC]