5 March 2013 by Luke McCormick
British Airways' first Airbus A380 will fly on the 'Red Carpet Route' to Los Angeles, with tickets going on sale today.
The home of Hollywood will be the inaugural destination for the first A380 to be operated by a UK airline. The double-decker superjumbo is due to be delivered to British Airways in July and seats are now on sale for flights from October 15, 2013.
London-based actress Gemma Arterton said: "Working in film means that I spend a lot of time travelling around the world, often to Hollywood. It's essential to arrive feeling fresh and ready for the day ahead, as I often hit the ground running, and I prefer to travel in style with British Airways.
"It's very exciting that the A380 will be flying to Los Angeles. I think the red carpet route will be very popular."
The second A380 route will be to Hong Kong, and customers can book flights now for travel from November 15, 2013.
The A380 will be the largest aircraft in the British Airways fleet, accommodating 469 customers across four cabins. Customers in First will be seated at the front of the main deck. The cabin will offer 14 seats and is evolved from the current First class. Club World (business class) customers can choose from 44 seats on the main deck, or 53 seats on the upper deck.
These upper deck seats will feature a new 2:3:2 configuration across the cabin. The 55 World Traveller Plus (premier economy) seats will be located on the upper deck while World Traveller (economy) customers can choose seats on both the main and upper deck. Both cabins will feature the airline's current design, which is now flying on the new B777-300ER fleet.
The aircraft's innovative design makes it much quieter during take-off and landing and more fuel efficient than its predecessors. British Airways has ordered 12 for delivery by 2016 as part of a £5bn investment over five years in new aircraft, smarter cabins, elegant lounges, and new technologies to make life more comfortable in the air and on the ground.
Keith Williams, British Airways' chief executive, said: "This will be a very special premiere. The A380 is a great aircraft that has been developed with huge amounts of British engineering ingenuity. London and Los Angeles are two world-leading cities, and we are proud to be the first airline to connect them with the A380."
The arrival of the A380 has entailed a multi-million pound redevelopment of British Airways' Heathrow engineering base to support maintenance of the world's largest commercial aircraft type. This included two 24-tonne roof ‘eyebrows' being lifted into place in one of the hangars to raise the height of the entrance to accommodate the A380's 24-metre tailfin.