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British Airways Aircraft Types

Airbus A380 Fleet Pages

British Airways held off ordering the A380 until 2007 when an order was placed for 12 aircraft. This followed the company’s current policy of not being launch customer for any aircraft.

British Airways A380-800 Fleet List

The British Airways A380 configuration with Business Class spread across the Main and Upper Decks caused some raised eyebrows when it was unveiled, but succeeded in splitting the Business class cabins into smaller, more personal areas. Similarly putting the First Cabin on the lower deck enabled maximum use of space, and the splitting of the Economy Cabin across the Main and Upper Decks provided some seats in the favoured 2-4-2 configuration and a cabin that would be prized by frequent Economy flyers.

As per company policy, the registrations series held a meaning, in this case G-XLE* for eXtra Large European.

First aircraft G-XLEA was delivered on 4th August 2013 shortly after the first B787-8 delivery. The aircraft spent two weeks based at Manston operating training flights to Paris Vatry and Chateauroux then entered service on the London Heathrow - Frankfurt route for crew familiarisation purposes.

Longhaul passenger services commenced on 24th September 2013 when G-XLEA operated the BA269/BA268 London Heathrow - Los Angeles rotation. G-XLEB operated the inaugural A380 flight on the London Heathrow - Hong Kong route when it operated the BA25/BA26 rotation on 22nd October 2013.

Current British Airways A380 Routes.

(Routes flown in the last 30 days including positioning, test and training flights)