16 APRIL 2012
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The maiden Airbus A380 for British Airways is now on its way to assembly at Toulouse and is expected to be in service “sometime in 2013”.
BA claims it will be the first airline to operate both the Boeing 787 and the mammoth Airbus, but this will depend on when Qatar Airways receives its first A380. Don’t be surprised to see both aircraft in the home airline’s colours at Doha on 12-12-12.
The arrival of the A380 (and the 787 Dreamliner) in 2013 marks a new dawn for British Airways. It will be about the 10th carrier to receive the A380 which is now a regular sight at Heathrow. As such it would have learnt from mistakes (never admitted) by other airlines as they rushed to put their planes into service. Based on both current 747 and 777 layouts the new BA flagship will be four-class. With the competition extremely strong regarding the premier cabin, BA will need to consider either re-branding First (Concorde Class?), or making it so outstanding that it leaves the others behind. It will however have the North Atlantic route to itself out of the UK, no American carrier yet committed, and Virgin seemingly in a quandary over its future plans. www.ba.com www.airbus.com
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