British Airways A380: What you need to know
Published: 05/07/2013 - Filed under: News »
British Airways received its first A380 at Heathrow on July 4, with a second delivery in August and a third scheduled for November.
The carrier, which has another 11 of the aircraft on order, rostered the superjumbo onto its Los Angeles route on September 24, with Hong Kong scheduled as its second destination from October 22.
The layout of BA's A380s will feature 14 seats in First on the main deck, followed by 44 Club World seats in a 2-4-2 configuration, then 199 World Traveller seats in a 3-4-3 layout (to see a seat plan click here or see below).
The upper deck will have further 53 Club World seats in a new 2-3-2 layout, followed by 55 World Traveller Plus seats also configured 2-3-2, and then 104 World Traveller seats in a 2-4-2 layout.
The first A380 aircraft painted in BA's livery exited the Airbus paint hangar in Hamburg in April, ahead of its delivery in July. To read Business Traveller's coverage of the Heathrow delivery, click here.
MSN95 took two weeks to be painted in the airline's red, white and blue colours, with 24 workers applying 2,300 litres of paint across 3,500 sqm of surface. The tailfin alone features 10,000 black and white dots.
The work was carried out using spray guns, traditional paint rollers and paint brushes, with a total of five coats being applied. The paint adds around 650kg to the weight of the aircraft, but is no thicker than a human hair.
BA is Airbus' tenth customer and its aircraft is the 106th A380 delivered.
Airlines that currently operate the A380 are Singapore Airlines, Emirates, Qantas, Air France, Lufthansa, Korean Air, China Southern, Malaysia Airlines and Thai Airways. Other airlines that have ordered the superjumbo include Virgin Atlantic, Asiana, Etihad Airways, Qatar Airways and Skymark Airlines.
Last year, Business Traveller attended an event in France to watch BA’s A380 parts travelling in convoy to the Airbus final assembly line in Toulouse (see online news, October 2012).
For more information, visit ba.com.
BA744fan - 18/05/2013 10:59
Can't wait to fly her in November!
millionsofmiles - 18/05/2013 15:33
Looks nice, generally.
The layout of Club World is a missed chance. Too cramped, 8 across is the densest of all airlines.
Not that impressive.
Bucksnet - 19/05/2013 22:19
After the first one in July the next 2 A380 deliveries are due this year, not next.
BBFLYER - 20/05/2013 08:37
Club layout is totally Awful and not thought through by BA at all . I much prefer the layouts that have all the first & Business on upper deck and the economy are kept on the main deck. Sorry BA BIG BIG MISTAKE ...
theworldtraveller - 20/05/2013 13:30
It will be used on European shorthaul routes before its trips to LA, for crew training. So keep an eye out for when it will land at a 'very central' European city ... (Madrid will not be seeing the A380 for training)
Freedom1 - 20/05/2013 15:10
as in Frankfurt !
Bells1945 - 25/05/2013 05:28
BA missed again. I've been asked in surveys about seating on British Airways many times. The business class layout is a mess.go back to traditional forward facing layout, it works for every other airline,the airline never fills all the seats except in high season! You won't make more money configuring seating like this!
fujitsusiemen - 01/06/2013 09:03
i think the British airways a380 is spacious and more comfortable for the club world, world traveler and the world traveler plus kudos to British airways
OK-in-MUC - 06/06/2013 17:19
While Club World certainly is an agreeable product right now, I have to admit that I am somewhat disappointed BA did not use the introduction of a new type of aircraft to improve their business class and make it a little more future-proof...
The one element about this A380 configuration I have the hardest time to understand is the apparantly decreased number of available restrooms:
- just 2 restrooms for 53 CW seats on the Upper Deck vs 3 for 50 seats on the 747
- even worse: 2 restrooms for 199 seats in World Traveller on the Main Deck, really?
...or am I missing something?
flyingblue27 - 26/07/2013 01:39
I agree with many regarding the Club World layout and product. If British Airways had anything remotely close to Singapore Airlines, for example, BA can command a higher premium with fewer seats. 'The World's Favourite Airline' I think not.
proudtobeaneconomyflyer - 27/07/2013 18:44
BA BIG BIG MISTAKE, "and economy are kept on the lower deck" sounds like you think economy travellers are animals or something. BA should have started a new realisation by making all areas of the plane identical, after all shouldn't all humans be treated in the same way?
eejp1007 - 31/07/2013 11:20
Just to let you all know that BA have now updated their flight info system showing that the BA A380 is operating BA902/902 and BA910/911 rotations on 2nd August as revenue flights taking normal pax.
They have swapped out a B767 in the morning and an A320/21 in the evening and it looks as if CE will be in CW and ET will be in WT all on the lower deck with First closed off and upstairs not in use.
NiceTravelAdventures - 05/08/2013 08:51
Actually, the colour scheme is pretty decent when you see it in person. The layout is great for families and couples - but not so good for solo travellers who also suffer from changes to the privacy screens. They're now down whenever the inflight power sockets are off, which means you're face to face with a stranger for an hour or so.
I've posted some video reviews in the BT forums, or see more detail at http://nicetraveladventures.blogspot.co.uk/
auslonflyer - 29/08/2013 12:37
Seriously BA, sort the stupid business config of 7 seats across vs 4 with emirates or sing. will avoid ba a380 where possible. Flying backwards - no thanks.
RonBrown - 05/09/2013 11:34
Been on it, the seating down stairs, 2-4-2 is terrible, love the 380 but NOT the BA config, BIG MISTAKE BA.
flightdeck - 05/09/2013 16:52
BA is late on the scene with its A380,so why didn't they ask customers of other airlines,about preferences etc? Who ever designed the seat layout must have been in blinkers.
heathrowflyer - 17/09/2013 09:45
Looks like upper deck again for me.
cbroo79 - 29/09/2013 20:51
what a shame! The business layout is plain horrible! 4 across, who wants to do that?
What is BA thinking?
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