British Airways has announced that it will launch its first A380 service to Los Angeles, commencing 15th October. The inaugural service, BA 269, will depart from Heathrow’s Terminal 5 at 16:15, arriving in Los Angeles at 19:15 the same day. The return flight, BA 268, will depart Los Angeles at 21:30, arriving back into Heathrow at 15:45 the following day.
The airline is set to receive the first of its 12 aircraft in July and will first operate the aircraft on short-haul routes in order to fully train air and ground crew. Although no details of these ‘training’routes have been announced, Paris, Frankfurt & Madrid would seem most likely. Although the first flights to Los Angeles have been set for 15th October, the airline have advised that this may be brought forward if trials prove easier than expected.
Following on from Los Angeles, and commencing 15th November, the next route to benefit from the A380 will be Hong Kong; previous comments from the airline had indicated that Hong Kong would be the first destination to receive the A380.
The British Airways A380 will accommodate 469 seats in a full 4-class layout; that is significantly less seats than both Air France & Lufthansa but more than Korean Airlines. British Airways will become the 10th airline to operate the A380 but, once its takes delivery of its new Boeing 787 Dreamliners, also later this year, will be the world’s first airline to operate both aircraft types.
Here is a little preview of the new A380