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British Airways is extending the number of routes operated by its new aircraft and increasing frequencies on some routes for summer 2014 (from March 30).

 

British Airways now has three A380s and four 787s. Thanks to the arrival of the new aircraft into the fleet, the airline is able to confirm that the A380 and 787 will operate between London and the following destinations in Summer 14:

 

• The A380 will begin services to Washington from September 1, 2014. The aircraft is already flying to Los Angeles and Hong Kong and will start services to Johannesburg in February 2014.

 

• The 787s will next launch on services to:

 

• Hyderabad from 30 March

 

• Chengdu from 5 May

 

• Philadelphia from 5 June

 

• Calgary from 5 July

 

 The 787 is already flying between London and Toronto and New York Newark and will operate services to/from Austin when the route launches on 3 March 2014.

 

 Additional frequencies:

 

• The airline will increase the number of flights to/from Chengdu from three to five a week (also from 5 May).

 

• From 6 May, Tokyo Haneda will move from five-a-week to daily flights. The Haneda flights will also be re-timed to a more convenient 8.50am departure from Haneda (currently 6.35am).

 

• Mexico City will also benefit from an increase from five to six services a week from April 27.

 

• Cape Town will gain an extra three Boeing 777-200ER flights a week through South Africa’s cooler winter season (the Northern Hemisphere’s summer) taking it from a daily service to 10 flights a week and accommodating an additional 219 customers in four cabins.

 

 These flights are available for sale.

 

British Airways says it is investing more than £5bn in new aircraft, smarter cabins, elegant lounges, and new technologies to make life more comfortable in the air and on the ground.

 

British Airways also says it is the first airline in the UK to fly the A380 and the first in Europe to fly both the A380 and 787. Customers on these aircraft are able to enjoy the new cabins and seats that have proved so popular on the airline’s 777-300Ers.

 

Both aircraft types make major environmental advances and contribute toward the airline’s ambitious targets for noise and carbon reduction.

 

Boeing 787-9 first flight

Boeing 787-9 first flight

Yesterday saw another milestone for the ground breaking aircraft, with the 1,000th Order being made by Etihad Airways at the Dubai Airshow.

This means that the 787 reaches the 1000 order milestone faster than any other widebody airplane in history and Etihad Airways becomes world’s largest airline customer of the Dreamliner. Etihad now has 71 787 Dreamliners on order.

The order for 30 787-10 Dreamliners, is valued at $8.7 billion at list prices.

Launched in April 2004, the 787 family received its 1000th order in approximately nine years, about eight years faster than the popular Boeing 777. The 787 Dreamliner has so far accumulated 1,012 orders from 60 customers worldwide.

“Our ongoing investment in the 787 is well-founded and is apparent by the record time in which the Dreamliner family received its 1,000th order,” said Boeing Commercial Airplanes President and CEO Ray Conner. “We are truly grateful for the continued confidence that our customers have placed in the 787 and together, we are excited about growing the product line and expanding our presence with this family of airplanes.”

“This is a significant, timely and essential order for us, as we celebrate our tenth anniversary and plan for our next decade and beyond,” said Etihad Airways President and CEO James Hogan. “In just 10 years, we have grown from a start-up carrier to a global airline. This order enables us to build upon our achievements, using the next generation of aircraft to support our next generation of development.”

Boeing states that in addition to bringing big-jet ranges to midsize airplanes, the 787 family provides airlines with unmatched fuel efficiency, resulting in exceptional environmental performance. Boeing also say that the airplane uses at least 20 percent less fuel with 20 percent fewer emissions than today’s similarly sized airplanes, and that Airlines also realize more cargo revenue capacity — a 20 to 45 percent advantage over similarly sized airplanes.

The first member of the family, the 787-8, entered service in September 2011, and the longer 787-9 is in testing and on track to deliver in mid-2014. To date, 102 787 Dreamliners have been delivered to 16 customers around the world.

The 787-10 will be the third and longest member of the family. With its greater passenger and cargo capacity and high degree of commonality, the 787-10 will set a new benchmark for fuel efficiency and operating economics. The 787-10 will be 25 percent more efficient than airplanes of its size today and more than 10 percent better than anything offered by the competition for the future. Final assembly and flight test of the 787-10 are set to begin in 2017, with first delivery targeted for 2018.

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Emirates Orders Additional 50 Airbus A380s to Expand Fleet

Emirates said it will purchase an additional 50 Airbus SAS A380 superjumbos, which is the biggest single deal so far for the largest commercial jetliner.

The order which is valued at about $20 billion at the list price (but we don’t know the actual purchase price) was signed today as the Dubai Air Show. Emirates, which is the world’s largest international airline, said that the aircraft will serve both to replace existing fleet and to grow the airline.

Emirates a380

50 more of these please

Emirates Airlines is currently the biggest customer for the A380 having taken delivery of 38 already and with with orders for 90 A380.

The deal is a record for the A380, and comes as a boost to Airbus, which had been considering reducing A380 output, and instead finishes the year strongly.

Supermodel Georgia May Jagger, fashion designer Alice Temperley MBE, and singer Leona Lewis came together last night (24 October), to fly the flag for Britain, at the ‘Gig on a Wing’ event to celebrate British Airways’ new A380 superjumbo operating to Hong Kong.

Intended to showcase the best of British music, fashion, design and cuisine to an audience of local leaders in travel and entertainment, the event took place inside a hangar at Hong Kong International airport, with the A380 forming the centrepiece of the show.

Georgia May Jagger, daughter of Rolling Stones frontman Mick Jagger took to the stage with British Airways Chief Executive Keith Williams to close the evening, and said: “I’m so happy British Airways invited me to Hong Kong on their first A380 flight. The service, food and flat beds on the long haul flights are second to none and I always arrive feeling well rested. I love Hong Kong too and look forward to returning and spending more time in this great city”.

A380 gig on a wing bus

Gettin’ off the bus

British Airways’ ‘Gig on a Wing’ event launched with a fashion show by British designer Alice Temperley MBE. Fresh from showing at last month’s London Fashion Week, Alice showed guests to her Spring/ Summer 2014 collection from the award winning Temperley London collection. Models descended the steps of the A380 aircraft onto British Airways’ specially created ‘runway’ catwalk. Temperley, who has designed dresses for stars including Keira Knightly, Rihanna, Beyonce and The Duchess of Cambridge, said: “I was thrilled to be asked by British Airways to showcase my new Spring/Summer 2014 collection in Hong Kong and at such a unique and glamorous event. The people here really appreciate cutting edge design, fine tailoring and effortless style, very similar to that of British Airways new A380.”

This was followed by a live performance from former X-Factor winner Leona Lewis. Lewis performed tracks on a specially created stage, flush with the A380’s 261-foot twin-engine wingspan. Leona’s set included a cover of Lenny Kravitz’s “Fly Away”, her number one selling track “Bleeding Love” and “Come Alive”.

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Speaking after her performance, Leona said: “Performing on the wing of the British Airways A380 was an incredible experience and one I will never forget. After singing on top of a double-decker bus at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, I thought that would be a hard act to follow, but tonight’s ‘Gig on a Wing’ event was very special and unique”.

The gig on a wing A380 in the spotlight

The gig on a wing.

It was a truly swish event with the Langham Hong Kong providing guests with a very British affair, treating them to treats that included mini pork pies, Sunday roast and fish and chips canapés, followed by a true taste of home with an afternoon tea boasting a chocolate London bus, a marshmallow Big Ben and an Alice Temperley inspired vanilla shortbread.

This was complemented by Flower Duet cocktails. Luxury five star hotel, The Langham Hong Kong, is located in the heart of Kowloon.