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Dusseldorf or Edinburgh? BA flight goes to wrong destination

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A BA flight destined for Dusseldorf has landed in Edinburgh by mistake, after the flight paperwork was submitted incorrectly.

WDL Aviation was operating the BA flight as part of a leasing arrangement, but all passengers on board had booked with British Airways.

BA said the pilot wasn’t lost at any point, but because the paperwork said Edinburgh, air traffic control allowed the flight to take that route.

It was only when the plane landed in Edinburgh and the announcement was made saying “welcome to Edinburgh”, was the mistake realised.

BA said the flight is now making its way from Edinburgh to Dusseldorf.

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IAG said BA had agreed to purchase 18 Boeing 777-9 planes first, with the option to have a further 24 jets. The total cost of all 42 planes would come to about $18.6bn at list prices, before any discount.

"The new 777-9 is the world's most fuel efficient longhaul aircraft and will bring many benefits to British Airways' fleet," said IAG's chief executive Willie Walsh.

"It's the ideal replacement for the 747 and its size and range will be an excellent fit for the airline's existing network."

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