Super-jumbo aviation arrived in the UK with the recent delivery to Heathrow of British Airways’ first A380.
The airline, according to a release, is the first UK carrier to take delivery of the double-decker, which is the world’s largest commercial jet. British Airways is also the first airline in Europe to operate both the A380 and the Boeing 787 Dreamliner, the first two of which landed at Heathrow last week.
British Airways’ A380s will accommodate 469 customers across four cabins. The airline announced that the very first long-haul flight on the A380 to Los Angeles will be on September 24, 2013.
British Airways’ CEO, Keith Williams, said: “We are delighted to welcome the first of our A380s to the fleet, joining our new 787s. These aircraft are the start of a new era for British Airways. Over the next 15 months, we will take delivery of new aircraft at the rate of one a fortnight as we put ourselves at the forefront of modern aviation. The A380 is a fantastic aircraft and an excellent showpiece for British engineering. Our customers are going to love the space, light and comfort on board.”