6-Mar-2013 11:05 AM

British Airways announces London Heathrow-Los Angeles as first A380 route, Hong Kong second

British Airways stated (05-Mar-2013) its first A380 would be deployed on London Heathrow-Los Angeles sector, with tickets on sale from 05-Mar-2013. Los Angeles will be the inaugural destination for the first A380 to be operated by a UK airline. The A380 is due to be delivered to British Airways in Jul-2013 and seats are now on sale for flights from 15-Oct-2013. The second A380 route will be to Hong Kong and customers can book flights now for travel from 15-Nov-2013. The A380 will be configured with 459 seats across four cabins. This includes 14 first class seats (front of main deck), 97 business class seats (44 seats on the main deck and 53 seats on the upper deck, with the upper deck seats featuring a new 2:3:2 configuration across the cabin), 55 premium economy seats (upper deck) and 303 economy seats (199 on main deck and 104 on upper deck). British Airways CEO Keith Williams, said: "This will be a very special premiere. The A380 is a great aircraft that has been developed with huge amounts of British engineering ingenuity. London and Los Angeles are two world-leading cities, and we are proud to be the first airline to connect them with the A380." British Airways has ordered 12 for delivery by 2016 as part of a GBP5 billion investment over five years in new aircraft, cabins, lounges, and new technologies (both in the air and on the ground). The arrival of the A380 has entailed a multi-million pound redevelopment of British Airways' Heathrow engineering base to support maintenance of the aircraft type. British Airways will become the 10th A380 operator and the only new customer in 2013 as Airbus targets 25 deliveries globally. [more - original PR]

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