VIRGIN ATLANTIC AIRWAYS has celebrated the delivery of the company's first Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner, with the airplane landing at London's Gatwick Airport last Friday, and establishing the British carrier as the European launch customer of the type.

The airplane, nicknamed "Birthday Girl," in reference to the 30th anniversary of Virgin Atlantic, is the first of 16 Dreamliners to be delivered to the airline by Boeing in the near future.

"The first 787-9 in Europe will be a flagship for Virgin Atlantic's fleet, providing greatly improved efficiencies across its routes," said Todd Nelp, vice president of European Sales for Boeing. "The airplane, with its unique onboard features, will provide an unrivaled passenger experience, cementing Virgin Atlantic's reputation as a true innovator in air travel."

Passenger features of the 787-9 include large windows, large stow bins, higher humidity, a lower cabin altitude, modern LED lighting, cleaner air and noise-reducing chevrons incorporated into the engine design, which reduces cabin noise.

Virgin Atlantic is based out of London's Gatwick and Heathrow Airports, as well as Manchester and Glasgow Airports and currently operates a fleet of 38 aircraft worldwide.

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Written by: Luke Hague, Pilot.

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