Big news today for Anglophile Airplane fans, British Airways has finally taken delivery of their brand new Airbus A380, the first of twelve superjumbos that they’ll be adding to their fleet over the next few years.
The airline is the first UK carrier to take delivery of the double-decker, which is the world’s largest commercial jet. British Airways is also the first airline in Europe to operate both the A380 and the Boeing 787 Dreamliner, the first two of which landed at Heathrow last week. So, it’s been a good couple of weeks for BA!
The airline announced today that the first long-haul flight on the A380 from Los Angeles will be on September 24, 2013 and the first to Hong Kong will be on October 22. Customers can book online at ba.com. We hope to be on board that first flight as long as we get invited with other press so we can show you how awesome this new aircraft is.
Here’s a video of the landing at Heathrow today (be sure to click through and check out this guy’s other amazing videos):
Keith Williams, British Airways’ CEO, said to reporters: “We are delighted to welcome the first of our A380s to the fleet, joining our new 787s. These aircraft are the start of a new era for British Airways. Over the next 15 months, we will take delivery of new aircraft at the rate of one a fortnight as we put ourselves at the forefront of modern aviation. The A380 is a fantastic aircraft and an excellent showpiece for British engineering. Our customers are going to love the space, light and comfort on board.”
Over the next few weeks, the A380 will go through tests and preparations as BA crews train to use the sophisticated new aircraft. Passengers will experience the best the new aircraft has to offer. British Airways’ A380s will accommodate 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 with 30 per cent more personal space and 60 per cent more personal stowage. 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. Customers travelling in both World Traveller and World Traveller Plus will be able to enjoy the new cabins and seats that have proved so popular on our 777-300ER fleet (we’ve experienced this, it’s brilliant).
The BA livery on that beautiful plane is simply stunning. Can’t wait to see it in person one day.
Here’s a gallery of pictures from the arrival today: