British Airways has announced which routes will get their first deliveries of Airbus A380 Superjumbos. This is something I’ve been looking forward to for a long time.
The big announcement is they they will first fly the ‘Red Carpet Route’ from Los Angeles to London and tickets for the first flight went on sale yesterday. The double-decker superjumbo is due to be delivered to British Airways in July and seats are now on sale for flights from October 15, 2013.
In celebration, the airline is launching with an offer to Los Angeles. Fares in World Traveller economy start at $830 roundtrip; World Traveller Plus, the airline’s premium economy, begins from $1380 roundtrip and Club World business class from $3,800 roundtrip. All fares are roundtrip and include taxes, fees and carrier charges.
Here’s a video showing the new aircraft in action:
London-based actress Gemma Arterton said: “Working in film means that I spend a lot of time travelling around the world, often to Hollywood. It’s essential to arrive feeling fresh and ready for the day ahead, as I often hit the ground running, and I prefer to travel in style with British Airways.
The second route to the new BA A380 will fly will be from London to Hong Kong.
The A380 will be the largest aircraft in the British Airways fleet, accommodating 469 customers across four cabins. Customers in First will be seated at the front of the main deck. The cabin will offer 14 seats and is evolved from the current First class. Club World (business class) customers can choose from 44 seats on the main deck, or 53 seats on the upper deck. These upper deck seats will feature a new 2:3:2 configuration across the cabin. The 55 World Traveller Plus (premier economy) seats will be located on the upper deck while World Traveller (economy) customers can choose seats on both the main and upper deck. Both cabins will feature the airline’s current design, which is now flying on the new B777-300ER fleet.
I was hoping they would fly one of these on the Chicago-London route as it would allow them to reduce their daily flights from ORD-LHR to one a day using one aircraft. My dream is to fly on one of these craft one day. British Airways has ordered 12 super-jumbos for delivery by 2016 so that may very well happen one day!
Here’s a gallery of pictures of the new craft and the new interiors:
Here’s another video showing the new interiors of the aircraft: