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Supermodel Georgia May Jagger, fashion designer Alice Temperley MBE, and singer Leona Lewis came together last night (24 October), to fly the flag for Britain, at the ‘Gig on a Wing’ event to celebrate British Airways’ new A380 superjumbo operating to Hong Kong.

Intended to showcase the best of British music, fashion, design and cuisine to an audience of local leaders in travel and entertainment, the event took place inside a hangar at Hong Kong International airport, with the A380 forming the centrepiece of the show.

Georgia May Jagger, daughter of Rolling Stones frontman Mick Jagger took to the stage with British Airways Chief Executive Keith Williams to close the evening, and said: “I’m so happy British Airways invited me to Hong Kong on their first A380 flight. The service, food and flat beds on the long haul flights are second to none and I always arrive feeling well rested. I love Hong Kong too and look forward to returning and spending more time in this great city”.

A380 gig on a wing bus

Gettin’ off the bus

British Airways’ ‘Gig on a Wing’ event launched with a fashion show by British designer Alice Temperley MBE. Fresh from showing at last month’s London Fashion Week, Alice showed guests to her Spring/ Summer 2014 collection from the award winning Temperley London collection. Models descended the steps of the A380 aircraft onto British Airways’ specially created ‘runway’ catwalk. Temperley, who has designed dresses for stars including Keira Knightly, Rihanna, Beyonce and The Duchess of Cambridge, said: “I was thrilled to be asked by British Airways to showcase my new Spring/Summer 2014 collection in Hong Kong and at such a unique and glamorous event. The people here really appreciate cutting edge design, fine tailoring and effortless style, very similar to that of British Airways new A380.”

This was followed by a live performance from former X-Factor winner Leona Lewis. Lewis performed tracks on a specially created stage, flush with the A380’s 261-foot twin-engine wingspan. Leona’s set included a cover of Lenny Kravitz’s “Fly Away”, her number one selling track “Bleeding Love” and “Come Alive”.

 

Speaking after her performance, Leona said: “Performing on the wing of the British Airways A380 was an incredible experience and one I will never forget. After singing on top of a double-decker bus at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, I thought that would be a hard act to follow, but tonight’s ‘Gig on a Wing’ event was very special and unique”.

The gig on a wing A380 in the spotlight

The gig on a wing.

It was a truly swish event with the Langham Hong Kong providing guests with a very British affair, treating them to treats that included mini pork pies, Sunday roast and fish and chips canapés, followed by a true taste of home with an afternoon tea boasting a chocolate London bus, a marshmallow Big Ben and an Alice Temperley inspired vanilla shortbread.

This was complemented by Flower Duet cocktails. Luxury five star hotel, The Langham Hong Kong, is located in the heart of Kowloon.

Last week, British Airways first A380 completed its paint-job in Hamburg, Germany. Now the airline have released a video about the work involved in painting the world’s largest passenger aircraft.

British Airways has 12 A380s on order with the first aircraft set to be delivered some time this July. For the first few months the aircraft will be used on short-haul flights (routes have not been announced but we expect them to include Paris, Madrid & Frankfurt) so as to fully familiarise British Airways crew, both in the air and on the ground, with the aircraft. The first formal, scheduled flight of the new A380 will then be on 15th October, operating the ‘Red Carpet Route’ between Heathrow & Los Angeles. Following that, in November, the second destination to receive British Airways A380 will be Hong Kong.

 

 

 

 

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.

British Airways A380

British Airways A380

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.

New A380 World Traveller Cabin

New A380 World Traveller Cabin

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

British Airways A380 layout

British Airways A380 layout