British Airways, the UK-based air carrier, has confirmed the first routes to be flown by its superjumbo Airbus A380 aircraft.
From October 15 this year the new aircraft will be flying from Heathrow Airport in the UK to Los Angeles in the US. Tickets for the flights are available to book from today.
Today is also the launch date for tickets for BA’s second A380 route to Hong Kong, with that service commencing from November 15 this year. However, according to the company, other flights could predate these following delivery of the first aircraft in July, with a statement saying, ‘A380 enthusiasts eager to be on the very first commercial services should note that dates for these will be announced once plans for training flights are completed.’
Special inaugural prices are available on both of the newly announced routes, with BA’s World Traveller return tickets to Los Angeles costing £499, and the same grade of ticket to Hong Kong costing £599. For the LA flight, a World Traveller Plus upgrade costs £380, and £3,800 is the starting price for two passengers travelling with the Club World service.
More information on the A380 service is available on BA’s website.
The double-deck, wide-body four-engine A380 is manufactured by Airbus, a European corporation, as its answer to Boeing’s monopoly in the large aircraft market. Currently the world’s largest passenger airliner, several major airports have had to upgrade their facilities to accommodate it. The aircraft’s full-length second deck helps to provide a total capacity of 525 passengers when it is equipped for three classes of travel, or 853 passengers when it is equipped solely for economy class.