Courtesy of British Airways
In the past I’d get excited when a new airline took delivery of a Boeing 787 and announced the inaugural routes, though at this point I’m just confused. I’m not quite sure whether I’m supposed to be excited, and whether that excitement translates into the route going on my “gotta fly” list or my “no fly” list.
Anyway, British Airways is taking delivery of both Airbus A380s and Boeing 787s this year. They’ve already announced their A380 schedule, as the aircraft will originally operate to Los Angeles and Hong Kong.
They’ve also now announced their inaugural 787 schedule, as the aircraft will serve Toronto as of September 1, and service Newark as of October 1, 2013.
Their seatmap doesn’t look especially comfortable. They’re the only airline to have seven seats across in Club World:
Then they have seven across in World Traveller Plus, which doesn’t look bad:
And then a tight nine across in World Traveller:
Award availability isn’t amazing on either route, though I suspect it’ll improve as the departure date approaches. There’s definitely some business class award space out there, though, if you do want to “chase” their 787.