Mgyckn From Poland, joined Dec 2011, 15 posts, RR: 0 Posted (1 year 7 months 1 week 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 3025 times:
Some time ago there was a news about BA planning a European Tour on its new A380(s) (for crew training and for advertising, as can be supposed). Are there any more details on that? For instance: dates, cities/ports, whether it will be possible to buy tickets (cheap, of course) through the regular booking system (like for AF's flights CDG-LHR-CDG on A380 in 2010).
n729pa From UK - England, joined Jan 2011, 423 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (1 year 7 months 1 week 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 2933 times:
Nothing firm yet, some reports suggest there will be some flights to MAD and/or BCN and some reports suggest the flights will not carry passengers - purely crew training. Which seems odd, surely you want to see how well loading/unloading a full plane in turnaround will take. Truth be known, I don't think anyone really knows, it's all just rumours and speculation. I would "watch this space"
blueflyer From United States of America, joined Jan 2006, 4064 posts, RR: 2
Reply 3, posted (1 year 7 months 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 2656 times:
Quoting n729pa (Reply 1): some reports suggest the flights will not carry passengers - purely crew training.
I can't speak for other carriers, but I do know Lufthansa has had training flights with and without passengers. Often training flights without passengers had a dual purpose, such as showing off the aircraft's amenities in a key market or testing an airport's readiness as designated diversion point should FRA be closed.
Some of the designated airports do get regular LH service and yet the A380 flew in and out without passengers.