BA’s first 787 has landed at Heathrow, arriving at 12.07pm. The airline is planning to serve Toronto with the 787 from September 1 and Newark, New York from October 1, subject to regulatory approval.

Lynne Embleton, director of strategy, took delivery of the aircraft at a formal handover ceremony in Seattle. Captains Jerry Palmer and Chris Holden with senior first officer Mitch Preston were at the controls as it made its way to its new home.

Keith Williams, chief executive, said: “This heralds the start of a new era for our airline and over the next few years we’re looking forward to welcoming 42 787s to our fleet. This is our first new aircraft type in 17 years and, combined with the expertise of our people and their commitment to delivering outstanding service, will result in a truly enhanced travel experience.”