Peek inside British Airways’ first A380, the world’s largest commercial jet


The British aviation industry has just been paid a visit by the stork. Heathrow has had a super- sized delivery making British Airways’ the first airline in the UK to acquire the A380, the largest commercial jet in the world. Besides the double- decker carrier, British Airlines is also the first in Europe to operate the Boeing 787 Dreamliner, which also landed at Heathrow last week. Fragments of carbon fiber have come together to form an incredible flying machine that renders an exceptional in- flight feel. With take- offs and landings much quieter than our regular flying- fare, the A380 has married environment- friendliness to a sumptuous flying experience.

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The interior design isn’t the usual fare either. Impeccable attention- to- detail has given birth to a sleek sophistication, creating a sense of inviting comfort, far off from the claustrophobia- inducing aircraft atmosphere.

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The British Airways’ A380s are to accommodate 469 customers across four cabins, with extensive emphasis laid on space. Customers in First will acquire the prime spot, in the front of the main deck. The fourteen- seating front space is said to be a notch up from their current First class. With 30 per cent more personal space and 60 per cent more personal stowage, its innovative design exudes an air of luxurious elegance.

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Club World (business class) customers have seating- choices of two different decks- the upper, that has 53 seats or the main deck with 44. These upper deck chairs come with a new 2:3:2 configuration across the cabin, that seeks to be an addition in its prevailing plushness.

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The 55 World Traveller Plus (premier economy) seats will occupy the upper deck as well and World Traveller (economy) customers can choose from the main and upper deck.

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With prices starting from £621 ($942) return, the very first long-haul flight on the A380 will be to Los Angeles on September 24, 2013, promptly followed by Hong Kong on October 22 with prices from £688 ($1043) return. The A380 is the first of the 12 double- decker indulgences due for delivery by 2016.

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[Via – British-Airways]