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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