British Airways to Debut Massive Airbus A380 on London-LA Route
British Airways has announced that London to Los Angeles will be the first route for its double-decker Airbus A380 aircraft, beginning October 15. And London to Hong Kong will follow in November.
The A380 will seat 469 passengers split between first class, Club World (business class), World Traveller Plus (premium economy) and World Traveller (economy).
British Airways has ordered 12 A380s, the world's largest passenger aircraft. In contrast, single-deck, wide body aircraft that fly international routes seat an average of 300 passengers. (Read more: Dubai Airport Opens World's First Airbus A380 Concourse)
First class will occupy the forward portion of the main deck with 14 seats. Club World will occupy space on both the main deck (44 seats) and upper deck (53 seats). Both first class and Club World will feature lie-flat seats. (Read more: Delta Joins Other Airlines to Offer Lie-Flat Seats)
Fifty-five World Traveller Plus seats will be located on the upper deck. The remaining 303 World Traveller seats will be spread across both decks.
To promote the new service, announced this week, British Airways is offering introductory round-trip airfares from Los Angeles to London of $830 for World Traveller, $1,380 for World Traveller Plus and $3,800 for Club World.
Other airlines operating the massive A380 from U.S. cities include Air France, Emirates, Lufthansa and Singapore Airlines. (Read more: Road Warrior Tested: Singapore Airlines Business Class)
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