New Fleet Additions For British Airways

British Airways welcomed the newest additions to its fleet recently with the arrival of the Airbus A380 and Boeing 787 Dreamliner. Both aircraft types are part of an ambitious fleet and product renewal plan for the airline, which also becomes the first European carrier to operate both jets.


Airbus A380 to Los Angeles and Hong Kong

The first Airbus A380 jet for British Airways has touched down at London (Heathrow) following a short delivery flight from Toulouse.


British Airways has configured the aircraft for 469 passengers across a 4-class layout. 14 First Class seats are located at the front of the main deck and is an evolution of the current product to offer 30 percent more personal space and 60 percent more storage area. Club World business class is spread across 2 cabins on the main and upper decks, with the former in a 2-4-2 and the latter in a new 2-3-2 configuration. Also on the upper deck is the World Traveller Plus premium economy cabin boasting just 55 seats, while 303 World Traveller economy class occupy the remaining floor area of the jet.


Los Angeles will be the first long-haul destination for the British Airways A380, with the inaugural flight scheduled for 24 September 2013. This will be followed by flights to Hong Kong on 22 October 2013.


Toronto and New York (Newark) First Destinations for Boeing 787 Dreamliner

Joining the British Airways fleet also is the Boeing 787 Dreamliner, the first of which arrived at London (Heathrow) from the USA.


Offering 3 travel classes for up to 214 passengers, the aircraft has 35 Club World and 25 World Traveller Plus seats in a 2-3-2 configuration, with World Traveller configured for 154 seats in a 3-3-3 layout. New features on the aircraft include reduced cabin noise and pressurization equivalent to 6,000 feet of altitude, leading to greater humidity and improved comfort for passengers. Bespoke mood lighting also allows the crew to adjust for the time of day and the larger, electrically-tinted windows allow natural light into the cabin and reveal fascinating panoramas.


British Airways plans to serve Toronto with the B787 from 1 September 2013 and New York (Newark) from 1 October 2013.


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