British Airways receives first A321neo and retires last Boeing 767
London - British Airways received its first Airbus A321neo at London Heathrow. On the other hand, the carrier operated its last flight with the Boeing 767.
image credit: A321neo G-NEOR by Tobias Gudat
British Airways took possession of its first Airbus A321neo out of ten on order. The plane registered G-NEOR flew from Hamburg to London-Heathrow on November 23.
The flag carrier of the IAG Group expects to receive the last copy by the end of 2019.
British Airways' new A321neo comes with a denser cabin layout than the current A321ceos in the fleet. The aircraft will accommodate 235 passengers in a typical 3-3 configuration.
A321neo features a new optimized cabin configuration called Cabin-Flex. This option expands seating capacity (244 seats) with increased exit limits and a new cabin door configuration while still offering high levels of passenger satisfaction. The seats have a pitch of 29 inches, but because ultra-thin backrests, this should feel like more legroom in practice.
The airline chose the CFM LEAP 1A engines to power its brand-new A321neo fleet.
The delivery of first A321neo concurs with the retirement of the airline's last Boeing 767-300ER. These devices have been an iconic part of the British carrier since the first deliveries in 1990. The airline operated 31 Boeing 767 to date.
British Airways has operated the last scheduled flight with its final Boeing 767 registered as G-BZHA from Larnaca in Cyprus to London-Heathrow on November 25. The aircraft took off from Larnaca at 07:45PM EET and landed at London-Heathrow at 10:34PM GMT.
The aircraft will be sent to former military base St. Athan in Wales to be dismantled to remove useful parts.