The Airbus A380 Aircraft At British Airways

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A British Airways Airbus A380 aircraft takes off at London Heathrow airport.
British Airways Airbus A380 at take off, London Heathrow (Image Credit: Heathrow)

British Airways has reintroduced the Airbus A380 following its grounding during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The A380 operates exclusively from London Heathrow Terminal 5. It is currently operating selected flights to Boston, Chicago O’Hare, Dallas Fort / Worth, Miami, San Francisco, Vancouver and Washington Dulles.

Airbus A380 Cabins & Layout

All BA Airbus A380s operate in a four class configuration.

The seating configuration is:

First Class Cabin, British Airways Airbus A380 (Image Credit: British Airways)

First Class: 14 seats

Club World: 97 seats

This includes 44 backward and forward facing seats on the main deck in a 2-4-2 configuration and 53 seats on the upper deck in a 2-3-2 configuration.

World Traveller Plus: 55 seats on the upper deck in a 2-3-2 configuration

World Traveller: 303 seats

This includes 199 seats on the main deck in a 3-4-3 configuration and 104 seats on the upper deck in a 2-4-2 configuration.

There are no dedicated social spaces such as on board lounges. Nor are there any tail or nose cameras connected to the inflight entertainment system.

Refurbishment Plans

Before COVID-19 BA planned to refurbish its A380 aircraft with its “Club Suite” long haul business class cabin between 2023 to 2025.

The airline has not given an updated timetable for this.

Airbus A380 Routes

The A380 is currently operating these routes:

Boston- Flights BA213 & BA212

Chicago O’Hare -Flights BA295 & BA294

Dallas / Fort Worth – Flights BA193 & BA192

Johannesburg – Flights BA55 & BA56; switches to BA57 & BA54 on 30 October

Miami – Flights BA209 & BA208; switches to BA207 & BA206 on 30 October

San Francisco – Flights BA287 & A286

Vancouver – Flights BA85 & BA84

Washington Dulles – Flights BA293 and BA292; switches to BA217 & BA216 on 30 October

It will also return to Dubai later in 2022. The A380 has previously operated to Hong Kong and Singapore.

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