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British Airways confirms B787 and A380 layouts

11 Dec 2012 by Tom Otley

British Airways today (December 11) confirmed the layout of its B787 and A380 aircraft which it will take delivery of next year.

Speaking to the media in Seoul, Korea, Willie Walsh, the CEO of IAG, BA’s parent company gave the following details:

B787 Dreamliner

  • The British Airways Dreamliner will have a total of 214 passengers.
  • In Club World (business) there will be 35 seats in the new Club World triple configuration of 2:3:2
  • In World Traveller Plus (premium economy) there will be 25 seats in a layout of 2:3:2
  • In World Traveller (economy) there will be  154 seats with a 3:3:3 configuration.

The B787s will not have First.

BA has ordered a total of 24 Dreamliners. Walsh says that the exact seating plans of another 16 787-9s on order which will come in from 2015 have yet to be finalised, they could have three or four-cabin configurations.

Walsh says that the smaller B787-8 aircraft were primarily designed to replace the B767s.

On the lack of First, Walsh says that BA didn’t see a First demand on all BA’s route network.

Walsh says that he sees the B787-8 aircraft as “…a good one for developing new routes where there isn’t such a strong demand and then we can replace it once demand has been built up and then perhaps replace it with a larger plane, either a B787-9 or a B777”.

A380 (Superjumbo)

BA has ordered 12 A380s.

Main deck

  • On the British Airways A380 there will be 14 seats in First on the main deck, with “extra personal and stowage space”.
  • The  Club World cabin will feature 44 seats in a 2:4:2 configuration.
  • There will be 199 seats in World Traveller, with a 3:4:3 layout.

Upper Deck

The A380 upper deck will feature:

  • Club World: 53 seats in the new Club World (business class) triple configuration of 2:3:2
  • World Traveller Plus: 55 seats in a 2:3:2 premium economy (World Traveller Plus) layout
  • World Traveller: 104 seats in a 2:4:2 configuration. In total there will be 303 economy (World Traveller) seats.

The  “enhanced version of First” on the A380 seems to be that there will be more room because the A380 Main Deck is wider than the B777 and B747s. There was mention of more wardobe space, for instance.

At the press conference Mr Walsh used Business Traveller‘s “The A380: How the airlines compare” to contrast BA’s approach to the A380 and that of other airlines.

No details have yet been released regarding the first routes the B787 and A380 will fly on.

The first British Airways Dreamliner will be delivered in May 2013. A further three will arrive by the end of the year.

The first A380 will be delivered in July, with additional deliveries in August and October.  The flights will depart from Satellite C of Heathrow Terminal 5. Walsh said that although there is room for lounges on C, at present there are no plans for adding them, so passengers with access to the lounges will presumably use the lounges in the main terminal or B.

Two additional 777-300ERs will arrive in September and October.

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Tom Otley

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