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BRITISH AIRWAYS’ AIRBUS A380
November 19, 2015
A380

British Airways has ordered 12 Airbus A380 aircraft, the last of which will arrive in 2016. The first arrived in July 2013. Along with the Boeing 787 Dreamliners, the A380 forms the centrepiece of British Airways’ £5bn investment in products and services to benefit customers. 

The A380 is now flying from London to the likes of Los Angeles, Hong Kong, Johannesburg, Singapore, Washington, San Francisco and Miami.

The aircraft offers a choice of British Airways’ First, Club World, World Traveller Plus and World Traveller cabins and has a total of 469 seats. 

AIRCRAFT FEATURES

Double decker
•    The only commercial aircraft offering two full-length (wide-body) decks
•    The main deck is the widest of any aircraft and 50.8cm (20”) wider than the Boeing 747
•    The upper deck is the first full wide-body upper deck ever seen on an aircraft and is 180.34cm (71”) wider than the 747’s upper deck

Quietest in the sky
•    The A380 offers the quietest cabin noise of any existing passenger aircraft type, allowing customers to relax and chat easily

Greener
•    The Airbus A380 is 16 per cent more fuel efficient than the aircraft it replaces

Bigger bins
•    Larger overhead power-assisted storage bins 
•    Customers in the World Traveller cabin experience 15 per cent more baggage space than when travelling on the aircraft the A380 replaces

Cleaner air
•    The air conditioning system features advanced filters and allows 15 different temperature control zones
•    Cabin air is changed every three minutes


BOARDING

British Airways has introduced a number of measures to ensure customers board the aircraft quickly and smoothly, including:
•    More check-in desks on A380 routes
•    Lounge call times to enable customers to reach their gate on time
•    Crew offer extra assistance in directing customers to the correct boarding jetty 

CABINS

British Airways’ A380 has a total of 469 seats over two decks with four cabins:
•    First – 14 seats
•    Club World (business class) – 97 seats
•    World Traveller Plus (premium economy) – 55 seats
•    World Traveller (economy) – 303 seats

First: 14 suites (main deck)

•    Suites offer 30 per cent more personal space and 60 per cent more personal stowage (including a larger in-suite wardrobe for each customer, designed to hold a standard-size wheelie bag and a side stowage box for smaller items such as passports, phone, and glasses) than First suites on other British Airways aircraft
•    Ergonomic seats convert into fully flat beds, 6ft 6” in length
•    15.4 inch personal in-flight entertainment touch screen and noise-cancelling headphones
•    Personal in-seat power socket providing 110v AC power compatible with UK/US/EU plugs
•    Two USB sockets provide power for personal devices
•    Customers are offered British Airways’ signature Turndown Service. Cabin crew will make up customers’ beds using a crisp white mattress, duvet, pillow and nightwear
•    Amenity kit with premium skincare products
•    Indulgent and delicious a la carte dining

Club World: 97 seats (44 main deck and 53 upper deck)

•    There are two Club World cabins – one on the main and one on the upper deck
•    2:3:2 seat configuration on the upper deck
•    Rear facing middle seat on upper deck offers additional interior storage space, e.g. for a laptop/iPad and an additional flat surface for drinks and magazines. It also provides privacy for working and sleeping with aisle access in either direction
•    The footstool offers three positions for taxiing, take-off and landing
•    Easy to use control buttons for seats
•    Easy to find button to operate the privacy screen
•    On the upper deck, side storage areas run the length of the aircraft, offering customers in window seats extra stowage capable of storing a laptop and other items
•    Seat converts into 6ft fully flat bed, Z position for increased comfort
•    12.1 inch personal in-flight entertainment touch screen and noise-cancelling headphones
•    Two USB sockets providing power for personal devices
•    Personal in-seat power socket providing 110v AC power compatible with UK/US/EU plugs
•    Video RCA connection beneath USB socket to enable customers to connect their own digital equipment with the display screen
•    Crisp white quilt and pillow provided to aid sleeping
•    Amenity kit featuring Elemis products
•    Mouth-watering menus from some of the world’s top chefs using locally sourced ingredients


World Traveller Plus: 55 seats

•    British Airways’ latest seats, introduced on the 777-300 ER aircraft, offer 20 per cent more legroom than World Traveller, with a footrest, increased recline position, hammock headrest and cocktail table
•    On the upper deck, side storage areas run the length of the aircraft, offering customers in window seats extra stowage capable of taking a laptop and other items
•    10.6 inch personal in-flight entertainment touch screen with noise-cancelling headphones
•    Personal in-seat power socket providing 110v AC power compatible with UK/US/EU plugs
•    Two USB sockets providing power for personal devices
•    Ultra soft fleece blanket, amenity kit and hot towel service
•    Three-course meal or light meal produced with seasonality in mind, featuring fresh, high-quality ingredients

World Traveller: 303 seats (199 on main deck and 104 on upper deck)

•    There are two World Traveller cabins, on the upper and main decks
•    British Airways’ latest seats, introduced on the 777-300 ER aircraft, offer additional padding and a comfortable, adjustable hammock-style headrest providing greater support for relaxation and sleep 
•    On the upper deck, side storage areas run the length of the aircraft, offering customers in window seats extra stowage, capable of housing a laptop and other items of luggage
•    Ultra soft fleece blanket and amenity kit
•    8.9 inch personal in-flight entertainment touch screen
•    USB socket providing power for personal devices
•    Access to in-seat power socket providing 110v AV power compatible with UK/US/EU plugs
•    Complimentary meal and bar service, with locally sourced ingredients from trusted suppliers

IN-FLIGHT ENTERTAINMENT

The aircraft is fitted with the latest version of the airline’s Thales in-flight entertainment system, which is also available on British Airways’ six-strong 777-300ER fleet and 17 777-200 aircraft.

Customers are able to choose from a wide range of films, television programmes, audio programming and games. 

Features:
•    Intuitive, contemporary and easy to use menus, simple to navigate
•    DVD quality video (MPEG2/MPEG4)
•    Slimline, user-friendly handset with hotkey functions, shortcut buttons with QWERTY keyboard on reverse and joystick to support game playing
•    Ability to connect personal devices
•    Quickfind allows customers to access content by entering a unique content number found in the onboard in-flight entertainment guide
•    Search allows customers to enter search words or terms in order to find content.

Content:
•    More than 1,600 hours of programming available to customers, including more than 130 of the latest Hollywood blockbusters and classic movies, more than 650 TV shows from around the world (including the very best in British content) 
•    More than 550 audio albums and 225 radio shows including a range of audio books
•    Choice of more than 200 hours of non-English language programmes, including local Nigerian, Tamil, Telugu, Korean, Mandarin, Cantonese, Japanese and Hindi and major European languages
•    Channels showcase the best in entertainment from premium brands including the BBC, National Geographic and Discovery
•    Selection of popular children’s TV programmes including Deadly 60, Horrible Histories and Room On The Broom
•    Dedicated Teen genre featuring popular titles such as Glee, Vampire Diaries and Grimm
•    A ‘Baby TV’ channel with a selection to keep even the youngest viewers entertained
•    A choice of games and multiplayer gaming so customers can play against fellow travellers on their flight
•    In-Seat Chat for 1-2-1 sessions or in forums
•    3D Interactive GeoFusion flight map with hi-resolution graphics of the world’s major cities

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