4 MARCH 2013
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With the current order book standing at 262 and 98 delivered it looks like British Airways will be the recipient of aircraft number 100, a milestone for Toulouse.
BA planned to introduce the Boeing 787 in June followed by the A380 in August but that timescale must now look highly unlikely unless Seattle come up with quick fix for the Dreamliner’s battery problems.
Now rapidly approaching the flight testing stage, the British Airways A380 will be one of the least dense and the only airline to offer Club World (Business Class) on both decks. With the 747 the ‘bubble’ is the most popular cabin for regular customers, and it will be interesting to see if this preference continues with the new aircraft. However if you are on the lower deck it will be virtually impossible to visit a colleague upstairs due to the aircraft layout which also duplicates the galley. Boarding is complicated too and has yet to be unveiled. World Traveller (Economy) is also on both decks with World Traveller Plus upstairs amidships.
The new aircraft will also feature the airline’s latest Thales in-flight entertainment system, which offers customers 50% more movies, 200% more TV shows and also twice as many more audio programmes and music. www.ba.com
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