Mar­got Robbie, Or­lando Bloom and Jessie J cel­e­brate Bri­tish Air­ways’ new 787-9 Dream­liner route in Abu Dhabi

Kuwait Times - - BUSINESS -

ABU DHABI: Bri­tish Air­ways cel­e­brated the launch of its new Boe­ing 787-9 Dream­liner on its daily Lon­don-Abu Dhabi-Mus­cat ser­vice on 6 Novem­ber by host­ing a se­cret is­land party with a star stud­ded line up.

Aus­tralian ac­tress Mar­got Robbie and fel­low Hol­ly­wood star Or­lando Bloom flew in for an ex­clu­sive VIP party on Zaya Nu­rai Is­land just off the coast Abu Dhabi.

Over 200 guests, celebri­ties and VIPs who at­tended the event were also treated to a live per­for­mance by Jessie J to cel­e­brate the lat­est ad­di­tion to Bri­tish Air­ways’ fleet - which made its in­au­gu­ral flight into Abu Dhabi on Fri­day.

The UAE and Omani cap­i­tals be­come only the sec­ond and third des­ti­na­tions, re­spec­tively, op­er­ated by a Bri­tish Air­ways 787-9 Dream­liner - an air­craft poised to be­come the main­stay of the UK car­rier’s fleet.

The Boe­ing 787-9 fea­tures an evo­lu­tion of Bri­tish Air­ways’ First cabin, with just eight seats com­pared to the usual 14. It is 20 feet longer and four inches taller than its pre­de­ces­sor, the 787-8, with 30 per cent larger win­dows and 60 per cent less en­gine noise both in­side and out­side the cabin.

Bri­tish Air­ways’ Head of Mid­dle East, Africa and Cen­tral Asia Sales, Paolo De Ren­zis, opened last Fri­day’s event be­fore award-win­ning Bri­tish singer Jessie J took to the stage to per­form a string of her hits, in­clud­ing Domino, Ain’t Been Done, No­body’s Per­fect, Mas­ter­piece, Bang Bang and Price Tag.

Chart star and judge of TV’s The Voice Jessie said it was her first time vis­it­ing Abu Dhabi and that she had been hugely im­pressed by the new air­craft. She said: “Fly­ing is a huge part of my life now. Over the years I have flown so many air­lines but Bri­tish Air­ways has al­ways been my favourite. I love Abu Dhabi and am ex­cited to have been able to per­form for the peo­ple who have helped me travel around the world with my mu­sic safely and com­fort­ably. What I love even bet­ter - my bed tonight will be on the new 787-9 Bri­tish Air­ways plane!”

Wolf of Wall Street ac­tress Mar­got Robbie - who stars as Har­ley Quinn in the hotly an­tic­i­pated cin­e­matic adap­ta­tion of cult graphic novel, Sui­cide Squad - told guests she had fallen in love with the city. She added: “I’ve only been in Abu Dhabi for a day or so but it is a place of beau­ti­ful con­trasts. I vis­ited the desert yes­ter­day and the vast tran­quil­lity of that land­scape is the op­po­site of the cos­mopoli­tan moder­nity of the city - it is a beau­ti­ful place.”

Ac­tor Or­lando Bloom also took to the stage to hail the new 787-9 and spoke of his love for Abu Dhabi. “Ever since I was a kid, I’ve loved to travel. There’s noth­ing quite like the lux­ury of the new First cabin on Bri­tish Air­ways. I’m sure it will be warmly re­ceived by Bri­tish Air­ways’ pas­sen­gers in Abu Dhabi. I have no doubt that trav­ellers will love it,” said Bloom.

Bri­tish Air­ways’ Head of Mid­dle East, Africa and Cen­tral Asia Sales, Paolo De Ren­zis, said the in­tro­duc­tion of the new 787-9 Dream­liner, which is the most tech­no­log­i­cally ad­vanced air­craft in the Bri­tish Air­ways’ fleet, marked a new era of lux­ury travel for cus­tomers in Abu Dhabi and Oman.

“We have a long her­itage in the UAE with over 80 years of op­er­a­tions and it is en­tirely fit­ting that our loyal premium cus­tomers in Abu Dhabi can now ex­pe­ri­ence the new First cabin that has been cre­ated specif­i­cally for this air­craft,” said De Ren­zis.

He went on to say: “We would like to thank Or­lando, Mar­got and Jessie J, for join­ing us here in Abu Dhabi to cel­e­brate the launch of our new air­craft and our part­ners at Boe­ing who have helped make the 787-9 a part of Bri­tish Air­ways’ new fleet of air­craft.”

Bri­tish Air­ways’ first 787-9 Dream­liner re­cently launched on its Delhi route, with plans to roll out the air­craft on sev­eral more des­ti­na­tions in­clud­ing Kuala Lumpur, Austin and the air­line’s up­com­ing new route next year to San Jose, Cal­i­for­nia.

The 787-9 fea­tures four cab­ins: World Trav­eller (econ­omy), World Trav­eller Plus (premium econ­omy), Club World (busi­ness class), and the new First cabin - which was cre­ated specif­i­cally for the air­craft. The new First suites were de­signed based on feed­back from First cus­tomers to en­sure com­fort was at the heart of the ex­pe­ri­ence.

Or­lando Bloom sur­veys the sweep­ing Abu Dhabi cityscape.

Mar­got Robbie at the Bri­tish Air­ways launch event in Abu Dhabi.

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