British Airways (BA) became the first international carrier to fly on Beijing Daxing’s state-of – the-art airport, China covering 18 square kilometres of land since it opened last month. The new starfish-shaped terminal with five concourses includes security biometrics of facial recognition and self-service check-in kiosks and baggage drop machines, a paperless journey from check-in to boarding, and baggage tracking in real time.
The terminal building also features numerous innovations aimed at maximising the use of natural light and limiting energy consumption as well as more than 300 shops and restaurants. It is powered by solar panels and is driven by a ground-source heat pump with a centralised heating system with waste heat recovery. It features a network for harvesting rainwater and water storage connected to nearby wetlands, lakes and streams to prevent flooding and mitigate the local micro-climate impact of summer heat.
British Airways runs a daily schedule with a four-class Boeing 777-300 from London Heathrow to Daxing. British Airways‘s executive vice president of Greater China and the Philippines, Noella Ferns said: “This innovative new airport and the world-class customer experience it offers will play an important part in our strategy to increase travel between China, the UK and beyond.”