BA first UK airline to take delivery of A380

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A HUGE superjumbo flew into Heathrow airport yesterday as British Airways became the first UK airline to take delivery of an Airbus A380 – the world’s largest passenger plane.

Powered by Rolls-Royce engines and with its wings built in the UK, the double-decker aircraft will make its first commercial long-haul flight with BA to Los Angeles on 24 September, and its first flight to Hong Kong on 22 October.

Those travelling on the A380 will find a lot of room inside as BA is configuring it to take 469 passengers, slightly fewer than some of the other superjumbo-operating airlines.

There will be just 14 seats in first class, with customers seated at the front of the main deck. They will get 30 per cent more space than those in first on “normal” BA planes.