British Airways A380 takes flight over Paris

Aircraft one of the stars of Paris Air Show

British Airways new A380 took to the skies over France yesterday as part of the Paris Air Show.

British Airways has orders for 12 A380s with the first aircraft set to be delivered to the airline in the first week of July. It will then be briefly based at Manston Airport in Kent for further tests and training before being introduced on short-haul routes within Europe as part of the airline’s crew familiarisation programme. Although the airline hasn’t advised which routes will be served as part of this process, most industry observers expect Paris, Frankfurt & Madrid to be the most likely destinations.

The first scheduled A380 service will be on 15th October between Heathrow & Los Angeles followed a month later on 15th November between Heathrow & Hong Kong. Future routes might include Sao Paulo, New York, Johannesburg, Lagos, Singapore, Tokyo & Beijing. British Airways will be one of the only airlines to offer a 4 cabin service with World Traveller, World Traveller Plus, Club World & First.

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