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BA - A Glimpse Inside The New A380  
User currently offlineklmcedric From Belgium, joined Dec 2003, 812 posts, RR: 22
Posted (1 year 5 months 2 weeks 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 21750 times:

Looks pretty nice IYAM .

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=g5fSLrVzpxg

Looking forward to catch a ride on this bird.

The BA livery and the A380 is a match made in heaven IMO . Makes the A380 look good!

[Edited 2013-03-07 01:37:16]

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User currently offlinemotorhussy From New Zealand, joined Mar 2000, 3179 posts, RR: 9
Reply 1, posted (1 year 5 months 2 weeks 2 days ago) and read 21268 times:

Think it's going to be quite advantageous to BA to be one of the last majors off the blocks with their A380 offering; they know what all their major competition are doing with theirs.


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User currently offlineLY777 From France, joined Nov 2005, 2679 posts, RR: 2
Reply 2, posted (1 year 5 months 2 weeks 2 days ago) and read 21225 times:

Thanks.
Is the seat map already available?



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User currently offlineBongodog1964 From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2006, 3544 posts, RR: 3
Reply 3, posted (1 year 5 months 2 weeks 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 21112 times:

Quoting motorhussy (Reply 1):
Think it's going to be quite advantageous to BA to be one of the last majors off the blocks with their A380 offering; they know what all their major competition are doing with theirs.

My honest opinion is that the interior looks no different to the last BA 777 I travelled on, admittedly that was one of the ones refitted last year. To me it appears that BA have decided to just stick with what they are doing on the 773's. Perhaps their analysis is that some of the tweaks and features other airlines have used aren't worth pursuing.


User currently offlineTristarsteve From Sweden, joined Nov 2005, 3998 posts, RR: 34
Reply 4, posted (1 year 5 months 2 weeks 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 21077 times:

Quoting LY777 (Reply 2):
Is the seat map already available?

Yes on the front page of ba.com!


User currently offlineOA260 From Ireland, joined Nov 2006, 26900 posts, RR: 58
Reply 5, posted (1 year 5 months 2 weeks 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 21054 times:

Quoting motorhussy (Reply 1):
Think it's going to be quite advantageous to BA to be one of the last majors off the blocks with their A380 offering; they know what all their major competition are doing with theirs.

Indeed that certainly could go in their favor. From the little I can see I like the look and feel it will be very stylish with no cheap gimmicks or bling bling .


User currently offlineLY777 From France, joined Nov 2005, 2679 posts, RR: 2
Reply 6, posted (1 year 5 months 2 weeks 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 20786 times:

Quoting Tristarsteve (Reply 4):
Yes on the front page of ba.com!

I will check it!
Thanks!



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User currently offlinefactsonly From Montserrat, joined Aug 2012, 863 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (1 year 5 months 2 weeks 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 20760 times:

Quoting Tristarsteve (Reply 4):
Quoting LY777 (Reply 2):
Is the seat map already available?

Yes on the front page of ba.com!

What's going on at seat 24D?


User currently offlineTheAviator380 From UK - England, joined Feb 2013, 401 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (1 year 5 months 2 weeks 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 20719 times:

I hope they improve service, interior looks ok, nothing exceptional to be honest compared to SQ or LH or EK. Must admit BA livery does look fantastic on 380..not better than KL tho.

User currently online1400mph From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2013, 831 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (1 year 5 months 2 weeks 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 20580 times:
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Quoting TheAviator380 (Reply 8):
I hope they improve service, interior looks ok, nothing exceptional to be honest compared to SQ or LH or EK. Must admit BA livery does look fantastic on 380..not better than KL tho.

  

You choked out that liitle snipping of praise amongst all the digs.

Talk about give with one hand and take with the other.

Classic comment.

Maybe if BA ran unprofitable non-stop long-haul service from MAN on the A380 you'd be slighly more complimentary ?


User currently offlineAuchmithie From UK - England, joined Sep 2010, 141 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (1 year 5 months 2 weeks 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 20117 times:

Quoting LY777 (Reply 2):
Is the seat map already available?

Also a new one at http://www.thebasource.com/britishairways380seatmap.html


User currently offlineLY777 From France, joined Nov 2005, 2679 posts, RR: 2
Reply 11, posted (1 year 5 months 2 weeks 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 19894 times:

Quoting factsonly (Reply 7):
What's going on at seat 24D?

I was asking me the same question...

Quoting Auchmithie (Reply 10):

Thanks



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User currently offlineMWHCVT From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2008, 688 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (1 year 5 months 2 weeks 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 17442 times:

Quoting factsonly (Reply 7):
What's going on at seat 24D?

I'm guessing going on previous threads that there is an emergency exit there from the crew rest area maybe?



Must think up a new one soon, slow moving brain trying to get into gear ;)
User currently offlineb777erj145 From United States of America, joined Feb 2013, 101 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (1 year 5 months 2 weeks 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 17355 times:

I dont get their business class. Why there are rear facing seats?

User currently offlineB747forever From Sweden, joined May 2007, 17060 posts, RR: 10
Reply 14, posted (1 year 5 months 2 weeks 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 17040 times:

Exciting times for BA now that they finally will fly the A380.


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User currently offlineual777uk From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2005, 3356 posts, RR: 1
Reply 15, posted (1 year 5 months 2 weeks 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 16778 times:

Quoting b777erj145 (Reply 13):
. Why there are rear facing seats?

BA have had these in the long haul fleet for years and this is just a continuation of that.

I am looking forward to seeing this BA bird in the flesh.


User currently offlinerichierich From United States of America, joined Nov 2000, 4247 posts, RR: 6
Reply 16, posted (1 year 5 months 2 weeks 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 16730 times:

BA is the next new operator of the A380, right? Whose next after that?

BA livery on the A380 looks great! Will miss the B744s when they finally leave the fleet though, even though that is still a few years away from inevitability.



None shall pass!!!!
User currently offlineN14AZ From Germany, joined Feb 2007, 2699 posts, RR: 25
Reply 17, posted (1 year 5 months 2 weeks 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 14447 times:

@ Richierich: QR

I cannot open this youtube film. Does anybody have a link to a picture showing the 1st A 380 in full cls.?


User currently offlineflyba380 From United States of America, joined Aug 2012, 6 posts, RR: 0
Reply 18, posted (1 year 5 months 2 weeks 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 14101 times:

It's nice to see BA offering upper deck Y seating. Will they charge a premium for these seats?

User currently offlineytz From Canada, joined Jun 2009, 1986 posts, RR: 24
Reply 19, posted (1 year 5 months 2 weeks 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 13366 times:

I don't get the point of split J. Wouldn't putting J and F on the upper deck (or at least moving all J) allow for a higher density aircraft while keeping just slightly less F/J seats? Or even a more premium layout by all J on upper floor and F and Y+ at the front of the lower floor?

Split J seems odd on this aircraft.


User currently offlineb777erj145 From United States of America, joined Feb 2013, 101 posts, RR: 0
Reply 20, posted (1 year 5 months 2 weeks 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 13325 times:

Quoting ual777uk (Reply 15):
BA have had these in the long haul fleet for years and this is just a continuation of that

Thx havent flown BA so.


User currently offlinerwy04lga From United States of America, joined Jul 2005, 3176 posts, RR: 8
Reply 21, posted (1 year 5 months 2 weeks 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 13324 times:

Quoting MWHCVT (Reply 12):
I'm guessing going on previous threads that there is an emergency exit there from the crew rest area maybe?

Wouldn't that just affect the overhead bin? According to the upper deck map, there is no crew rest, just other seats. It might be an access hatch to the lower deck, similar to the nosewheel access hatch on the 747.



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User currently offlineflyba380 From United States of America, joined Aug 2012, 6 posts, RR: 0
Reply 22, posted (1 year 5 months 2 weeks 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 13120 times:

Quoting rwy04lga (Reply 21):
Wouldn't that just affect the overhead bin? According to the upper deck map, there is no crew rest, just other seats. It might be an access hatch to the lower deck, similar to the nosewheel access hatch on the 747.

The crew rest area is below the main deck, hence a seat missing from only the main deck, not the upper deck.


User currently offlineTheAviator380 From UK - England, joined Feb 2013, 401 posts, RR: 0
Reply 23, posted (1 year 5 months 2 weeks 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 12604 times:

Is there any other carrier who has got rear facing seating arrangement? I have never sat on one before. Has anyone before and how was their experience?

User currently offlineBlueShamu330s From UK - England, joined Sep 2001, 2894 posts, RR: 25
Reply 24, posted (1 year 5 months 2 weeks 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 12469 times:

Quoting ytz (Reply 19):
I don't get the point of split J

Because one of the repeated negative comments about the A380 is the lack of exclusivity or upmarket feel when J is one huge cabin.

The BA configuration gives the impression of 3 smaller, separate J cabins, which will lend a more exclusive feel to the experience.

I, for one, hate the EK layout. It's a J class bus.

I think BA have it right on this score.

Rgds



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User currently offlineflyba380 From United States of America, joined Aug 2012, 6 posts, RR: 0
Reply 25, posted (1 year 5 months 2 weeks 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 12967 times:

Quoting TheAviator380 (Reply 23):
Is there any other carrier who has got rear facing seating arrangement?

United have rear facing seats on their 747's.

http://www.seatguru.com/airlines/Uni...ited_Airlines_Boeing_747-400_B.php


User currently offlineA340600 From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2003, 4105 posts, RR: 51
Reply 26, posted (1 year 5 months 2 weeks 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 12466 times:

Nothing particularly inspiring, but then I don't think anyone expected it. The industry is a markedly different place even when compared to when the 380 first came out. I do think it's a shame that BA aren't any longer the market leaders in product, it would have been nice to see some inovation with this launch but while the current CW offering continues to do the job BA don't seem to view it as a worthwhile investment, which is sensible.


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User currently offlineabrown532 From UK - Northern Ireland, joined Feb 2008, 152 posts, RR: 0
Reply 27, posted (1 year 5 months 2 weeks 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 12461 times:

I must say I am looking forward to flying on the whale, even in economy class I can see it being very comfy.

User currently offlineTheAviator380 From UK - England, joined Feb 2013, 401 posts, RR: 0
Reply 28, posted (1 year 5 months 2 weeks 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 11558 times:

I have flown on A380 and it's such a wonderful and comfirtable ride..it's good even in Y class. I will be traveling on EK380 shortly..eagerly waiting for it.

One thing I don't like about EK380's that they don't have Y class in upper zone...BA have done well in that case...it's special occasion to seat at upper zone to me.

I wish to see this bird at MAN soon.

[Edited 2013-03-07 15:21:04]

User currently offlinejumpjets From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2012, 802 posts, RR: 0
Reply 29, posted (1 year 5 months 2 weeks 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 11505 times:

Looks smart and traditionally understated - but I am not sure about that seat in the middle of 3 in the J class upper deck - it looks very hemmed in - almost cupboard like to me. A comfy cupboard I am sure.

User currently offlineytz From Canada, joined Jun 2009, 1986 posts, RR: 24
Reply 30, posted (1 year 5 months 2 weeks 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 11086 times:

Quoting BlueShamu330s (Reply 24):
Because one of the repeated negative comments about the A380 is the lack of exclusivity or upmarket feel when J is one huge cabin.

1) Is this really enough of an issue to stop potential pax from flying with BA?
2) Could simple cabin dividers and better staff allotments to each cabin, not achieve the same?


User currently offlineOroka From Canada, joined Dec 2006, 911 posts, RR: 0
Reply 31, posted (1 year 5 months 2 weeks 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 10185 times:

Quoting ytz (Reply 30):
1) Is this really enough of an issue to stop potential pax from flying with BA?
2) Could simple cabin dividers and better staff allotments to each cabin, not achieve the same?

While BA could step up the service, they are fighting an emotion. Their J class is easily world class, that is not the problem, it is the perception. They have to reach out to peoples emotions rather than logic.


User currently offlinemoby147 From UK - England, joined Mar 2013, 50 posts, RR: 0
Reply 32, posted (1 year 5 months 2 weeks 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 10124 times:

Quoting TheAviator380 (Reply 23):
I have never sat on one before. Has anyone before and how was their experience?

I have sat on a rear facing plane a number of times, but only on a RAF DC10 (many years ago)

In fact I found it strange the first time I was on a plane looking forwards  


User currently offlineqf002 From Australia, joined Jul 2011, 2960 posts, RR: 2
Reply 33, posted (1 year 5 months 2 weeks 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 9238 times:

Am I correct in saying that BA is the first to have J downstairs? That's far rarer than having Y upstairs.

Quoting ytz (Reply 19):
Split J seems odd on this aircraft.

The layout upstairs means that there are no pairs of seats for couples. Some couples actually want to sit next to each other while they fly. It also means that J passengers don't feel like they're walking all the way to the back of the plane while boarding, and will get premium passengers off the plane faster at the end of the flight.

Quoting jumpjets (Reply 29):
Looks smart and traditionally understated - but I am not sure about that seat in the middle of 3 in the J class upper deck - it looks very hemmed in - almost cupboard like to me. A comfy cupboard I am sure.

I agree -- it will be interesting to see proper photos of these seats. There appears to be an additional bit of space next to the seat though, so it might prove popular if there is a table area to spread out onto.


User currently offlineTheCommodore From Australia, joined Dec 2007, 2827 posts, RR: 8
Reply 34, posted (1 year 5 months 2 weeks 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 8746 times:

Very nice and stylish in an understated way, which is so British of course.


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User currently offlineN14AZ From Germany, joined Feb 2007, 2699 posts, RR: 25
Reply 35, posted (1 year 5 months 2 weeks 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 7006 times:

Quoting moby147 (Reply 32):
but only on a RAF DC10 (many years ago)

Sorry for nitpicking (and OT): I never heard about a RAF DC 10. Or do you mean Royal Dutch Air Force?

I would definitely not like to get one of the backwards seat even though - in the worst case - it might be even safer...
Do they advice you during boarding that you will have a backwards seat? The travel agent of my organization surely doesn't know about this particularity and would not mind making a reservation for such a seat.


User currently offlinesolnabo From Sweden, joined Jan 2008, 851 posts, RR: 2
Reply 36, posted (1 year 5 months 2 weeks 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 5971 times:

A380 is the first Airbus WB in BA fleet ever?

//Mike  



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User currently offlineSkidMarque From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2006, 87 posts, RR: 0
Reply 37, posted (1 year 5 months 2 weeks 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 5707 times:

Quoting N14AZ (Reply 35):
Sorry for nitpicking (and OT): I never heard about a RAF DC 10. Or do you mean Royal Dutch Air Force?

I think he means the Tristar, or maybe VC10



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User currently offline707fan From Norway, joined Jun 2001, 36 posts, RR: 2
Reply 38, posted (1 year 5 months 2 weeks 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 5208 times:

I never fly BA business class on long haul due to their rear facing seats.
I prefer to have a window seat if the seat next to me is empty. This is not possible with BAs configuration.
And facing rear in a window seat gives me a claustrophobic feeling.


User currently offlinetravelavnut From Netherlands, joined May 2010, 1606 posts, RR: 7
Reply 39, posted (1 year 5 months 2 weeks 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 5088 times:

Quoting LY777 (Reply 11):
Quoting factsonly (Reply 7):
What's going on at seat 24D?

I was asking me the same question...

It's the emergency exit for the crew rest, which is probably in the cargo hold.



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User currently offlinemoby147 From UK - England, joined Mar 2013, 50 posts, RR: 0
Reply 40, posted (1 year 5 months 2 weeks 11 hours ago) and read 4300 times:

Quoting N14AZ (Reply 35):
Quoting SkidMarque (Reply 37):

N14AZ & SkidMarque,

You are indeed correct I should have said a VC10   

As it was the RAF not only did they not tell me it was a rear facing seat, there was no boiled sweets as well   


User currently offlinenimool From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2012, 94 posts, RR: 0
Reply 41, posted (1 year 5 months 2 weeks 9 hours ago) and read 4100 times:

When is the exact delivery date?


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User currently offlineLDVAviation From United States of America, joined Dec 2008, 1055 posts, RR: 5
Reply 42, posted (1 year 5 months 2 weeks 8 hours ago) and read 4063 times:

Quoting B747forever (Reply 14):
Exciting times for BA now that they finally will fly the A380.

Exiting times, indeed, especially for BA, the BA/AA JV, and oneworld at LAX. Two new products highlight the year, the AA 77W (with all-aisle access in J) and the A380.

After that, one can look forward to the oneworld mega-lounge at the new TBIT.

[Edited 2013-03-08 19:00:15]

User currently online1400mph From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2013, 831 posts, RR: 0
Reply 43, posted (1 year 5 months 2 weeks 4 hours ago) and read 3803 times:
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Quoting TheCommodore (Reply 34):
Very nice and stylish in an understated way, which is so British of course.

I think British AIrways chooses to be more understated due to the requirements and expectations of its clientele rather than some misconception about the British culture.

VS is Britain based. I cannot think of a less understated full service carrier !!


User currently offlineEY460 From United States of America, joined Jan 2012, 268 posts, RR: 0
Reply 44, posted (1 year 5 months 2 weeks 3 hours ago) and read 3734 times:

I think that splitting the J class is a good idea from a passenger's point of view, even if having premium classes on two levels won't allow a separate boarding like on EK.

I personally I would have preferred WT+ on the main deck with 2-4-2 configurations and more economy on the upper deck, again with 2-4-2 configuration. In this way I believe the cabin would feel less crowded.


User currently offlinebaguy From Australia, joined Mar 2006, 546 posts, RR: 1
Reply 45, posted (1 year 5 months 1 week 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 3429 times:

Quoting travelavnut (Reply 39):
Quoting LY777 (Reply 11):
Quoting factsonly (Reply 7):
What's going on at seat 24D?

I was asking me the same question...

It's the emergency exit for the crew rest, which is probably in the cargo hold.

Indeed it is - I managed to grab this seat on QF last year, and it's really great because you end up with more legroom than Y+! http://farm7.staticflickr.com/6223/6286711406_39da8c500c_z.jpg

BAguy


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