British Airways has taken the delivery of its first Airbus A380 today at Heathrow and with this becomes the first airline to receive the world’s largest commercial jet. The UK flag-carrier 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.
The airline has announced today the very first long-haul A380 flight to Los Angeles will be on 24th September and the first flight to Hong Kong will be on 22nd October.
In the words of Keith Williams, British Airways, chief executive, these aircraft are the start of new era for British Airways. The A380 is a fantastic aircraft and an excellent showpiece for British engineering and the customers will really enjoy the space, light and comfort on the board. British Airways’ A380 will accommodate 469 customers across its four cabins. Customers in First will be seated at the front of main deck and cabin will offer 14 seats with 30 per cent more personal space and 60 per cent more personal stowage.
The Club World (Business Class) customers can choose from 44 seats on the main deck, or 53 seats on the upper deck. 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.
British Airways has ordered 12 A380 s for delivery by 2016.