BA’s first 787-9 has landed at Heathrow on 30th September following its delivery flight from Boeing’s giant facility at Everett near Seattle.

The new Dreamliner, featuring the evolved First seat, was flown by Captains Jonathan Baynton and Graham Thomas along with Flight Manager Technical Mitch Preston.

After landing, the aircraft was towed to BA’s Engineering base where it will undergo checks including ground trials before going into commercial service in October.

It was met by the airline’s Executive Chairman Keith Williams: “This is a cause for great celebration,” he said.

“It is the culmination of over two and a half years’ hard work by teams across the company to deliver our most technically advanced aircraft, complete with some of our most exciting products to date.”

G-ZBKA is the first of 22 787-9s set to be delivered to the airline, representing the latest chapter in a multi-billion pound investment in products and service.

Poignantly, the arrival of a new aircraft variant coincided with the final flight of an old one. BA’s last 737 flight, a Turin return, which took off from Gatwick some three hours after the 787-9 landed.