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Welcome to the fleet, A380

11 July 2013

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 airline announced that the very first long-haul flight on the A380 to Los Angeles will be on 24 September 2013, and the first to Hong Kong on 22 October which are now available to book through LIBE. Please see schedule information below:

London Heathrow (LHR) - Los Angeles (LAX) 
Flying three times a week on Tues, Thur and Sat. 
Book now for travel from 24 September 2013

London Heathrow (LHR) - Hong Kong (HKG)
Flying five times a week on Tues, Wed, Thur, Fri and Sat.
Book now for travel from 22 October 2013

London Heathrow (LHR) - Johannesburg (JNB)
Flying three services a week on Wed, Fri, Sun. 
Increasing to six times a week from 10 March 2014.
Book now for travel from 12 February 2014.

Keith Williams, British Airways’ CEO, said: “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. 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.”


British Airways’ A380s will accommodate 469 passengers across four cabins. Customers in First will be seated at the front of the main deck. The cabin will offer 14 seats and has evolved from the current First class with 30 per cent more personal space and 60 per cent more personal stowage.

Club World 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 seats will be located on the upper deck while World Traveller customers can choose seats on both the main and upper deck. Guests 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 the 777-300ER fleet.

The aircraft’s innovative design makes it much quieter during take-off and landing and 16 per cent more fuel efficient than a Boeing 747. British Airways has ordered 12 A380s for delivery by 2016. Three will arrive this year followed by a further five in 2014.


Both aircraft types will now begin a complex ‘entry into service’ programme, which will see pilot and cabin crew training taking place at Manston Airport in Kent, customer service trials at Heathrow and short-haul flying for both aircraft, including flights within the UK.