First Dreamliner for Virgin Atlantic Airways

The first Virgin 787-9 takes off, heading for Heathrow. (Image © Boeing)
The first Virgin 787-9 takes off, heading for Heathrow. (Image © Boeing)

Virgin Atlantic Airways is celebrating the delivery of the airline’s first Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner on Friday 10 October 2014. The airline is the first European airline to use the Boeing 787-9 and initially plans to operate the Dreamliner on its London Heathrow to Boston route.

Virgin Atlantic’s first Boeing 787-9 touched down at London’s Gatwick Airport following a more than 7,400 kilometer (4,000 nautical mile) nonstop flight from Paine Field in Everett, Wash. The airplane, named ‘Birthday Girl’ in reference to the UK carrier’s 30th anniversary, is the first of 16 787-9s Virgin Atlantic has ordered from Boeing.

To date, nearly 60 customers from around the world have ordered more than 1,000 Dreamliners, approximately 40 percent of which are Boeing 787-9s.

Source: Boeing