British Airways has confirmed that its first Airbus A380 will make its inaugural flight to Los Angeles this year. The aircraft will become the first A380 to be operated by a UK airline.
The double-decker superjumbo is set to be delivered to British Airways in July and tickets for flights starting from October went on sale today. BA will also debut its second A380 route this year, flying to Hong Kong from November. ‘"London and Los Angeles are two world-leading cities, and we are proud to be the first airline to connect them with the A380," said Keith Williams, British Airways’ chief executive.
“This will be a very special premiere. The A380 is a great aircraft that has been developed with huge amounts of British engineering ingenuity,” he added.
The Airbus A380 will become the largest member of the British Airways fleet, accommodating 469 passengers across its four cabins. The layout of the new aircraft will see the First Class cabin at the front of the main deck, offering 14 seats, and the Club World cabins being divided between both decks with 44 seats on the bottom and 53 seats on the upper. Customers in World Traveller (economy) will be able to choose whether they want to be seated on the upper deck or the main deck.
The airline has ordered 12 A380's in total, which are expected by 2016, as part of the British Airways’ £5 billion investment over five years in new aircraft, smarter cabins, elegant lounges, and new technologies aimed at making the overall passenger experience more pleasant.