British Airways’ first Airbus A380 will fly on the “Red Carpet Route” to Los Angeles, with tickets going on sale today (March 5, 2013).
The home of Hollywood will be the inaugural destination for the first A380 to be operated by a UK airline. The double-decker superjumbo is due to be delivered to British Airways in July and seats are now on sale for flights from October 15, 2013.
In celebration, the airline is launching with an offer to Los Angeles. Fares start at £499 return in World Traveller (economy) with a special £380 upgrade available for customers wanting to move up to World Traveller Plus. Club World return fares start from £3,800 for two people (£1,900 each).
London-based actress Gemma Arterton (see picture) said: “Working in film means that I spend a lot of time travelling around the world, often to Hollywood. It’s essential to arrive feeling fresh and ready for the day ahead, as I often hit the ground running, and I prefer to travel in style with British Airways.
“It’s very exciting that the A380 will be flying to Los Angeles. I think the red carpet route will be very popular.”
The second A380 route will be to Hong Kong, and customers can book flights now for travel from November 15, 2013. Prices start from £559 return in economy or, for an additional £380, customers can upgrade to World Traveller Plus. Club World tickets again start from £3,800 for two people (£1,900 each).
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.
The airline is also offering holidays to the new A380 destinations in November including five nights for the price of four at the 5* Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach in Los Angeles from £839 per person or four nights at the 4* Eaton Hong Kong from £759 per person.
The airline’s website, www.ba.com will feature information on the new aircraft, including computer generated imagery (CGI) and two short films will be available via youtube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cgN3NAxxWsg and http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g5fSLrVzpxg to give customers a feel for the aircraft. Customers can book via the website or by calling 0844 493 0787.
The A380 will be the largest aircraft in the British Airways fleet, accommodating 469 customers across four cabins. Customers in First will be seated at the front of the main deck. The cabin will offer 14 seats and is evolved from the current First class. Club World (business class) customers can choose from 44 seats on the main deck, or 53 seats on the upper deck. These upper deck seats will feature a new 2:3:2 configuration across the cabin. The 55 World Traveller Plus (premier economy) seats will be located on the upper deck while World Traveller (economy) customers can choose seats on both the main and upper deck. Both cabins will feature the airline’s current design, which is now flying on the new B777-300ER fleet.
The aircraft’s innovative design makes it much quieter during take-off and landing and more fuel efficient than its predecessors. British Airways has ordered 12 for delivery by 2016 as part of a £5bn investment over five years in new aircraft, smarter cabins, elegant lounges, and new technologies to make life more comfortable in the air and on the ground.
Keith Williams, British Airways’ chief executive, said: “This will be a very special premiere. The A380 is a great aircraft that has been developed with huge amounts of British engineering ingenuity. London and Los Angeles are two world-leading cities, and we are proud to be the first airline to connect them with the A380.”
The arrival of the A380 has entailed a multi-million pound redevelopment of British Airways’ Heathrow engineering base to support maintenance of the world’s largest commercial aircraft type. This included two 24-tonne roof ‘eyebrows’ being lifted into place in one of the hangars to raise the height of the entrance to accommodate the A380’s 24-metre tailfin.
March 5, 2012
Notes to Editors:
- More details are available at: http://www.britishairways.com/en/information/flight-information/airbus-a380
- Customers are advised that the flights going on sale today are unlikely to be the inaugural or very first flights of the new aircraft. British Airways will finalise the dates of the inaugural flights over the next few months.
- The offer price to Los Angeles and Hong Kong apply to the routes and are not aircraft specific.
- The offer runs from March 5 to March 15, 2013 for selected travel dates. Seats are limited and subject to availability.
- All prices quoted are return and include taxes, fees and charges.
- The holiday packages are based on two people sharing, for travel in November. The price includes return British Airways flights from London Heathrow and room only accommodation. Visit ba.com or call 0844 493 0758.
- Full details of the interior of the British Airways A380 will be unveiled when it arrives at Heathrow in July.