British Airways (BA) received its first Boeing
787 Dreamliner Thursday, after delivery of the aircraft was pushed back due to the three-month grounding of the worldwide fleet earlier this year.
The UK carrier has a total of 24 Dreamliners on order, scheduled for delivery through 2017. This fall, BA will introduce the 787 on long-haul flights from Heathrow to Toronto, Newark and New York.
"The 787 will become a mainstay of the British Airways fleet over the next few years," said Willie Walsh, chief executive officer of BA parent company International Airlines Group (IAG).
The 787s are part of the airline's $7.7 billion fleet upgrade, with the acquisition of six new 777-300ERs and 12 Airbus
A380s. The UK carrier also plans on adding new Airbus
A350s, with deliveries of the twin-engine wide-body aircraft through 2023.
Over the next year, BA will take delivery of a new aircraft every two weeks.