British Airways Plans Return of A380 ‘SuperJumbo’ to Fleet

By Paul Riegler on 5 October 2021
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A British Airways 747 taking off from Los Angeles for London

British Airways, which mothballed its Airbus A380 SuperJumbo airliners some 18 months ago amidst the coronavirus pandemic-induced decline in travel, will return five of them to service, according to internal documents viewed by Frequent Business Traveler.

The A380s will initially be used on short-haul routes from London’s Heathrow Airport to Frankfurt and Madrid starting November 8 in order to refamiliarize pilots with the aircraft.

The SuperJumbo will then return to routes it previously served, starting in December, including London to Miami and Los Angeles.  The British flag carrier will also add Dallas/Fort Worth, the home of its oneworld and transatlantic alliance partner American Airlines, to the A380s duties, according to updates to the schedule BA has filed.

The British flag carrier’s A380 can seat 469 passengers in four separate cabins.  The first-class cabin has 14 suites, each with fully lie-flat seats with a seat pitch of 78”.  The Club World business-class cabin has 97 fully lie-flat seats in a forwards-backwards configuration, all with a seat pitch of 72”.  The World Traveller Plus premium economy section accommodates 55 passengers, and there are 303 standard seats in coach.

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