British Airways will this weekend begin flying its new double-decker Airbus A380 between Miami, United States, and London, Britain. The inaugural flight BA209 touched down at Miami International Airport on Sunday, Oct. 25 and departed as BA208 the same evening.
The superjumbo A380 is the largest and grandest aircraft in British Airways' fleet. The new aircraft spans two full decks and can accommodate up to 469 customers across four cabins, including 14 First suites, 97 Club World business class seats with full flatbeds, 55 spacious seats in the private World Traveller Plus (premium economy) cabin, and 303 in World Traveller (economy).
“The A380 is optimised for wellness, with quiet, spacious cabins and an advanced cabin air conditioning system that allows 15 different temperature control zones and cabin air that is changed every three minutes. Customers can enjoy on-demand seat-back entertainment, with more than 1,600 hours of programming from around the world,” a statement issued by the airline said.
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"We have been flying between Miami and London for more than 40 years and this week we are reinforcing our commitment by introducing an incredible new aircraft onto the route," British Airways Senior Vice President for Americas, Mr Simon Brooks said.
At launch, British Airways will offer twice-daily service; the first departure will continue on the Boeing 747 aircraft, while the second departure will now feature the Airbus A380.
A joint business agreement between American, British Airways, Iberia and Finnair, allows members of the AAdvantage, Executive Club and Plus programmes to earn and redeem points or miles on codeshare flights across the airlines.