My dear readers and friends, I hope you got a great holidays.
What a great way to start this 2017, British Airways is back to Chile after 17 years and with a non-stop flight !!
British flow between London and Santiago via Buenos Aires between 1993 and 2000.
Today, January 04, 2017, British Airways is back, with a top-of-the-art Airplane, the Boeing 787-9 and with a non-stop flight, making it the longest flight for British Airways, 14 hours and 40 minutes.
So, thanks to British Airways, Nuevo Pudahuel and the DGAC a group of spotters were available to be present and record this great moment on aviation history for SCEL. Also we were available to get into the Boeing 787-9, which will be come later in this report.
I arrive 8:20am to the airport and we had let get in around 09:00am. The plane was schedule to land at 09:40am as “Speedbird 251”. We took a bus that drove us to the SSEI station, which is located close to Hotel and Kilo Taxiway. Unfortunately, due the time, all the photos of the first landing are backlit with means that the sun was in front of us, but at this moment doesn't matter.
The next photos are during the bus travel to our spotting location:
The 14th Santiago Firefighter "The British and Commonwealth Fire and Rescue Company "J.A.S Jackson" salute the British’s first flight, by deploying and waiving the England’s Flag:
After the arrival, we took the bus back to the terminal, were the arrival ceremony was schedule to be.
Very nice people, I talk to one of them, and he told me a few interesting this about the flight, one of them, was that they did an auto land CAT IIIB when they land today. Also one of them told me that he was a Boeing 747 and Boeing 777 captain, before became captain of the Boeing 787-9 :
On the stairway at gate 11:
This is the Club World (Business class), 42 seats, which have a particular seat configuration, all windows seat and the middle seat, are facing blackguards, this means that you see to the back of the plane or directly to the other passenger face looking forward:
It was a great experience, to be present at this important moment for Santiago’s Airport, for British Airways and for all Boeing Fans that we are delighted to have another Boeing present, flying on Chilean Airspace. Also is kind of neat to hear the call sign “SpeedBird” on the radio.
Once again, Thank you very much to British Airways, Nuevo Pudahuel and DGAC for making it possible.
Boeing 777-300ER, Orange Pride, PH-BVA, the transition between the orange and the classic blue, features aspects of the Dutch flag. The combination emphasizes KLM’s Dutch roots and pride in the national colour of the Netherlands.
I hope you like the report, is the first one of 2017 and also is the first one written in English, which it was quite fun.
See you around the Skies my friends.