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British Airways, First Suite First

With som of the largest aircraft windows in the sky, First travellers will enjoy views of the horizon from every seat on board the Boeing 787-8 and 787-9 aircraft. The suites include four new storage areas. A new ottoman next to the adjustable footstool has enough room for shoes, handbags and personal items, while the personal suiter for jackets and coats is accessible without the customer
London, working together with the airline’s in-house teams and leading British suppliers, including Prototrim, which developed the high quality soft leather and fabric trim within the suite, and London-based Pritchard Themis who worked on the suite and cabin lighting.
having to move from their seat. A new locker positioned at eye-level is perfect for smaller personal effects such as tablets, spectacles, passport and washbags. A handy mirror has also been fitted to the inside of the locker door for personal grooming. Devices can be charged in a discreet stowage area next to their armrest. Great attention to detail has also been paid to how customers use their suite, with each function being controlled by simple, intuitive touch. The seat and inflight entertainment console has been updated with a new handset, much like a smartphone, integrated into the seat from which travellers can control their in-flight entertainment. During flight, the handset can be docked so that customers are also able to watch one item, such as the moving map, on the handset and another, such as a film, on the 23inch fixed screen. This also means travellers will be able to enjoy gate-to-gate entertainment, without having to stow their television for take-off and landing. The smart ‘jog-dial’, that previously controlled the seat’s recline, now manages five additional functions including the headrest and lumbar inflate and a ‘global’ lighting control to set both ambient and reading lighting. The new First cabin on the Boeing 787-9 was developed by Forpeople, London, working together with the airline’s in-house teams and leading British suppliers, including Prototrim, which developed the high quality soft leather and fabric trim within the suite, and London-based Pritchard Themis who worked on the suite and cabin lighting. 

Through the Atlantic Joint Business, travellers will have a selection of new routes to choose from for Summer 2022. New gateways include, London to Portland, Barcelona to Los Angeles and Helsinki to Dallas. The Atlantic Joint Business is a joint venture that started in 2010, between American Airlines, British Airways and Iberia, along with Finnair, LEVEL and Aer Lingus. Travellers can mix and match flights operated by any of the six carriers to get the best deals and enjoy smoother connections through coordinated schedules. The 787’s new routes are: Heathrow to Portland, all weekdays from 3 June 2022 onwards; returning service from Heathrow to Pittsburgh, on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays. Neil Chernoff, British Airways’ Director of Networks and Alliances, said: “British Airways has always had a fond connection with the USA; so, it’s an honour to offer our customers yet more direct connections to new cities. Today’s announcement to Pittsburgh and Portland is an exciting moment for customers wanting to plan ahead next year – to take a much-needed holiday or visit family and friends. Our new route to Portland opens up a whole variety of connections for our customers. Through Alaska Airlines, our oneworld partner, British Airways will offer codeshare connections to several destinations operated by Alaska Airlines from Portland.”

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