Dreamliner takes to the skies over Edinburgh

The Boeing Dreamliner 787 flies over Edinburgh city centre

The Boeing Dreamliner 787 flies over Edinburgh city centre

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A Dreamliner jets has performed a fly-past over Edinburgh as part of a promotional trip in Scotland.

The new Boeing 787 aircraft startled pedestrians in the City Centre this afternoon as it passed over the Capital on it’s way to Edinburgh Airport.

The trip will see civic and business leaders invited on board to view the jet’s plush interior as part of preparations for long-haul operations from London Heathrow..

An invited group of frequent fliers will board the plane in Edinburgh, fly over the Highlands and Islands and return to the Scottish capital.

Simon Scholey, BA’s chief technical pilot who will be on the flight deck, said: “Serving the people of Scotland is enormously important for British Airways so it seemed right that the first-ever customer flight will take place here.

“We’re very much looking forward to showcasing it to the people both on board and on the ground.”

Dreamliner jets were grounded worldwide in January because of problems with lithium-ion batteries that overheated or caught fire. Flights resumed four months later after a revamped battery system was installed in the planes.

The airline’s 787 promises lower cabin noise, better air quality for passengers and extra comfort during any turbulence.