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British Airways First Airbus A380 Rolls Out of Paint Hangar

British Airways first Airbus A380 in Hamburg. Image from BA.

British Airways first Airbus A380 in Hamburg. Image from BA.

British Airways recently had their first Airbus A380 roll out of the paint hangar in Hamburg, Germany.

The airline is expecting to take delivery of their first double-decker airliner in July of this year and will first use the plane on short-haul routes for training and then on their London (LHR) to Los Angeles (LAX) route starting on October 15th. The second A380 will be placed on their LHR to Hong Kong in November (tickets for both flights are on sale now).

British Airways first Airbus A380 in Hamburg. Image from BA.

British Airways first Airbus A380 in Hamburg. Image from BA.

BA’s A380 will be configured to hold 469 passengers in four cabins: First Class (14), Club World (97), World Traveller Plus (55) and World Traveller (303).

The airline has 12 A380s on order, which are expected to all be delivered by 2016.

British Airways first Airbus A380 in Hamburg. Image from BA.

British Airways first Airbus A380 in Hamburg. Image from BA.

“This will be a very special premiere,” Keith Williams, British Airways’ chief executive, said. “The A380 is a great aircraft that has been developed with huge amounts of British engineering ingenuity. London and Los Angeles are two world-leading cities, and we are proud to be the first airline to connect them with the A380.”

Although the outside of the British Airways A380 is beautiful, the inside is not too shabby either:

British Airways Airbus A380 World Traveller Cabin. Image by BA.

British Airways Airbus A380 World Traveller Cabin. Image by BA.

British Airways Airbus A380 First Class Cabin. Image from BA.

British Airways Airbus A380 First Class Cabin. Image from BA.

British Airways A380 Club World seat. Image from BA.

British Airways A380 Club World seat. Image from BA.

To learn and see more, check out British Airways special site on the Airbus A380.

This story written by…David Parker Brown, Editor & Founder.David started AirlineReporter.com in the summer of 2008, but has had a passion for aviation since he was a kid. Born and raised in the Seattle area (where he is currently based) has surely had an influence and he couldn’t imagine living anywhere else in the world.

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14 comments to British Airways First Airbus A380 Rolls Out of Paint Hangar

  • Will Schilling

    That is the best looking livery on an A380 yet! Beautiful paint job!

  • jmx

    Yuck…there is too much white so doesn’t look balanced. The blue on the belly should be higher so that it is just below the bottom edge of the main deck doors, and the ‘British Airways’ titles should be raised slightly so that it is centered vertically between the main deck and upper deck passenger windows. The design on the vertical stabilizer looks good and properly proportioned though. I hope the privacy partition between the Club World seats is more opaque than it looks in the photo above!

    The A380 livery that I prefer so far is Korean Air.

  • I’ve always liked the British livery, and I think it looks good on the A380 too. Can’t wait to see a 787 in British livery though!

  • GJGalik

    I’ve always looked at the A380 at slightly overly-plump opera singer on the stage. This BA livery helps to minimize the weakness and adds some visual strength to slimming lines and some excitement about brand. I agree with post on Korean Air has done a wonderful job. this aircraft reminds of challenge of the Boeing Stratocruiser….built for speed not looks!

  • Walkingthedog

    I think it looks great. Too much white, name in wrong place, what a load of rubbish.

  • Walkingthedog

    I thing it looks fine.

  • I can’t wait to see it land at Heathrow for the first time. It is a stunner. But I do think they should have ordered more than 12.

  • FrancisJ

    Not particularly enthralled by bthe BA colours in general (most airlines have their national flags sylised on their aircraft tailpalnes)but have you all noticed that the “To fly to serve” heraldry motto is back, this time on the fuselage. Next step its renewed emblazonment on the tail as in BAs glorius past !!

  • I can’t wait to fly A380, I have always been fan of BA, you have done a great job, well done.

  • Global

    I do hope that the economy seats are more confortable in BA A380,I travaled in Emirates 380 Dubai-London was not impressed,that was on a 7hrs flight,if one is doing LA, take a cushion,beleave me you are going to need it,other wise top notch in all other departments.

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