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British Airways A380 Long-haul Flights  
User currently offlineBogi From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Posted (6 months 4 weeks 22 hours ago) and read 22509 times:

Beginning today.

Quote:
The British Airways A380 will take to the skies for its first long haul flight today on the BA269 to Los Angeles at 4.15pm.
http://www.adsadvance.co.uk/ba-a380-...es-inaugural-long-haul-flight.html

A great day for British Airways.

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User currently offlinelapper From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2002, 1558 posts, RR: 7
Reply 1, posted (6 months 4 weeks 22 hours ago) and read 22346 times:

"Passengers on the inaugural will be treated to music from Melanie C and Matt Cardle performing live in Terminal 5, ahead of the flight’s departure."

Wow, wish i was on it...   


User currently offlineBaconButty From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2013, 130 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (6 months 4 weeks 20 hours ago) and read 21968 times:

Never mind an A380 to LA, I'd take a DC10 to Kabul if it got me away from that racket.


You could do with some brown sauce on that.
User currently offlineEPA001 From Netherlands, joined Sep 2006, 4593 posts, RR: 38
Reply 3, posted (6 months 4 weeks 20 hours ago) and read 21777 times:
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Quoting Bogi (Thread starter):
Beginning today.
Quote:
The British Airways A380 will take to the skies for its first long haul flight today on the BA269 to Los Angeles at 4.15pm.
http://www.adsadvance.co.uk/ba-a380-...es-inaugural-long-haul-flight.html

A great day for British Airways.

   Agreed.

The A380 will serve BA very well imho, and suits her very well too. I am sure they will order more A380's later in the process, especially as the aircraft has proven itself in the BA fleet.  


User currently offlineOA260 From Ireland, joined Nov 2006, 26508 posts, RR: 58
Reply 4, posted (6 months 4 weeks 19 hours ago) and read 21706 times:

Quoting lapper (Reply 1):
"Passengers on the inaugural will be treated to music from Melanie C and Matt Cardle performing live in Terminal 5, ahead of the flight’s departure."

One , no two reasons NOT to be anywhere in T5 today  



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User currently offlineVV701 From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2005, 7258 posts, RR: 17
Reply 5, posted (6 months 4 weeks 17 hours ago) and read 21246 times:

Reliability on the short-haul LHR-FRA-LHR rotations appears to have been excellent.

Between 2 August and 23 September G-XLEA operated a total of 76 LHR-FRA-LHR rotations. It operated BA902/03 on every Day 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 7 throughout this period - there were no Day 6 flights. It also operated BA910/11 on 32 of those 44 days.

Following delivery on 19 September G-XLEB took over on the 23rd. It operated the second rotation of that day, BA910/11, and has operated BA902/03 this morning (24 September).

Does anyone know if any of the above flights were significantly delayed?


User currently offlinemutu From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2006, 530 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (6 months 4 weeks 17 hours ago) and read 21123 times:

Quoting VV701 (Reply 5):
Does anyone know if any of the above flights were significantly delayed?

There were a series of delays ex LHR due to upper deck airbridges not retracting: a T5 (repeated) failure rather than anything to do with XLEA/B, but HAL engineering are taking a very close look. Possibly just down to these particular brdges not having been used for an age yet still fully exposed to the elements....rust most likely!!


User currently offlineSelseyBill From United Kingdom, joined Jul 2013, 118 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (6 months 4 weeks 17 hours ago) and read 21063 times:

Quoting BaconButty (Reply 2):
Never mind an A380 to LA, I'd take a DC10 to Kabul if it got me away from that racket.

v,funny 10/10. I'm with you on the DC-10 buddy.........


User currently offlineclydenairways From Ireland, joined Jan 2007, 1197 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (6 months 4 weeks 16 hours ago) and read 20891 times:

Quoting lapper (Reply 1):
"Passengers on the inaugural will be treated to music from Melanie C and Matt Cardle performing live in Terminal 5, ahead of the flight’s departure."

What a great incentive to get passengers to board early.


User currently offlineSKAirbus From Norway, joined Oct 2007, 1618 posts, RR: 2
Reply 9, posted (6 months 4 weeks 15 hours ago) and read 20642 times:

BA269 (G-XLEA) has just taken off from Runway 27R and is currently at 5500ft over Reading!! The first A380 long haul flight for BA is underway... Congrats British Airways!


Next Flights: LHR-LBA (319-SK), MAN-ARN (736-SK), ARN-LHR (763-BA), LHR-CPH (CR9-SK), CPH-LHR (320-SK), LHR-IAH (744-BA)
User currently offlineKarelXWB From Netherlands, joined Jul 2012, 8773 posts, RR: 29
Reply 10, posted (6 months 4 weeks 15 hours ago) and read 20632 times:

You can track it here:

http://fr24.com/BAW269



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User currently offlineKarelXWB From Netherlands, joined Jul 2012, 8773 posts, RR: 29
Reply 11, posted (6 months 4 weeks 15 hours ago) and read 20530 times:

British Airways also launched this "racetheplane" website:

http://racetheplane.ba.com/uk/



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User currently offlineskipness1E From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2007, 3075 posts, RR: 1
Reply 12, posted (6 months 4 weeks 13 hours ago) and read 20214 times:

Please, let's just pause a moment and remember all those unfortunate souls who booked seats on the inaugural LAX flight only for BA to bring service entry forward...... Stop smirking there, I can see you.  

User currently offlineJoeCattoli From Italy, joined Aug 2005, 569 posts, RR: 3
Reply 13, posted (6 months 4 weeks 7 hours ago) and read 15121 times:

Just a couple more hours to landing it seems, is someone ready at LAX?

http://flightaware.com/live/flight/BAW269 flightradar seems to have lost it.

Ciao
Joe

[Edited 2013-09-24 17:30:30]

User currently offlineMiami From United States of America, joined Sep 2012, 637 posts, RR: 40
Reply 14, posted (6 months 4 weeks 5 hours ago) and read 14019 times:
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British Airways A380 just arrived at LAX!

Congrats to both BA and LAX.

This is LAX 6th A380 operator!! 7 in December with EK!



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User currently offlinelaca773 From United States of America, joined Nov 2004, 3945 posts, RR: 2
Reply 15, posted (6 months 4 weeks 4 hours ago) and read 13882 times:
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Congratulations to BA! This was a long day coming. When will BA receive their 3rd and 4th a/c ?
I'm sure they were filled to capacity today and will be this evening.
I wonder if they had some sort of A380 model and goodie bag for the passengers for these first two flights?


User currently offlineKarelXWB From Netherlands, joined Jul 2012, 8773 posts, RR: 29
Reply 16, posted (6 months 4 weeks ago) and read 12036 times:

And already on its way back:

http://fr24.com/BAW268



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User currently offlineSKAirbus From Norway, joined Oct 2007, 1618 posts, RR: 2
Reply 17, posted (6 months 3 weeks 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 11669 times:

I know it was dark but does anyone have any pics of the A380 landing at LAX or parked at the terminal? Which gate was it at?


Next Flights: LHR-LBA (319-SK), MAN-ARN (736-SK), ARN-LHR (763-BA), LHR-CPH (CR9-SK), CPH-LHR (320-SK), LHR-IAH (744-BA)
User currently offlineSKAirbus From Norway, joined Oct 2007, 1618 posts, RR: 2
Reply 18, posted (6 months 3 weeks 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 11603 times:

G-XLEA appeared to (on flight radar) just do a U-turn over Western Ontario yet is now back on course... Is the map prone to such mistakes or could it have hit turbulence?


Next Flights: LHR-LBA (319-SK), MAN-ARN (736-SK), ARN-LHR (763-BA), LHR-CPH (CR9-SK), CPH-LHR (320-SK), LHR-IAH (744-BA)
User currently offlineafterburner33 From New Zealand, joined Aug 2012, 70 posts, RR: 0
Reply 19, posted (6 months 3 weeks 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 11559 times:

Well it could be either, but I'd be pretty sure that it was a FR24 glitch - they happen every now and then.

When I look at the track on FR24, it looks pretty straight to me.

[Edited 2013-09-25 01:25:16]

User currently offlineKarelXWB From Netherlands, joined Jul 2012, 8773 posts, RR: 29
Reply 20, posted (6 months 3 weeks 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 11321 times:

Quoting SKAirbus (Reply 17):
I know it was dark but does anyone have any pics of the A380 landing at LAX or parked at the terminal? Which gate was it at?

Voila:

http://pbs.twimg.com/media/BU_Uef6CQAA9IqF.jpg:large

Source http://twitter.com/BritishAirways/status/382758113767473152/photo/1



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User currently offlineoly720man From United Kingdom, joined May 2004, 6604 posts, RR: 11
Reply 21, posted (6 months 3 weeks 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 10965 times:

Quoting SKAirbus (Reply 17):

I know it was dark but does anyone have any pics of the A380 landing at LAX or parked at the terminal? Which gate was it at?

And there's a video of the landing, and some happy spotters by the sound of it. Very shiny plane.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BNK_vRs_afY



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User currently offlineJoeCattoli From Italy, joined Aug 2005, 569 posts, RR: 3
Reply 22, posted (6 months 3 weeks 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 10381 times:

Back home already

Ciao
Joe


User currently offlineEPA001 From Netherlands, joined Sep 2006, 4593 posts, RR: 38
Reply 23, posted (6 months 3 weeks 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 10379 times:
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Quoting JoeCattoli (Reply 22):
Back home already

Well, the A380's do fly fast. So that is no surprise as well.  .

Edit: she just landed at LHR.  Smile

[Edited 2013-09-25 07:44:15]

User currently offlinehibtastic From UK - Scotland, joined Sep 2013, 97 posts, RR: 0
Reply 24, posted (6 months 3 weeks 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 10301 times:

Will the A380 be on this particular rotation from now on?

25 Post contains links gilesdavies : Whats happened to the A380? Today it is being operated by a 747-400 and currently over Northern Ireland... http://www.flightradar24.com/BAW269
26 rutankrd : Before going daily two aircraft will need to be available - the route is 28 hour cyclical ! G-XLEB has only just arrived and needs working up !
27 gilesdavies : My apologies... I thought LHR-LAX-LHR could be done in a 24hr cycle, but I suppose that is cutting things very fineand only leaving about 1.5hrs on t
28 Post contains links oly720man : Back to Frankfurt today for G-XLEA http://flightaware.com/live/flight/GXLEA
29 SKAirbus : Is G-XLEB operating the BA269 tonight?
30 APYu : The LAX isnt A380 daily at the moment
31 SkidMarque : No, it's XLEA again
32 SKAirbus : You'd think they'd rotate them...
33 SkidMarque : It's too early for XLEB, being used on shakedown flights to FRA. Although having said that, it has no tours booked for today
34 TristarSteve : XLEB is due to operate to LAX as 283/27 and 269/28.
35 GSTBA : BA will take delivery of there 3rd aircraft (G-XLEC) in about 2 weeks time on the 10th of October. BA plan to add a further 5 A380's to the fleet bet
36 Post contains images readytotaxi : BA crew, does it still have the "new car" smell to it?
37 laca773 : Thank so much for the information, GSTBA. I appreciate it. Welcome to a.net!
38 Post contains links KarelXWB : G-XLEA now on its way LAX-LHR: http://www.flightradar24.com/BAW268 G-XLEB now on its way LHR-LAX: http://www.flightradar24.com/BAW283
39 A388 : What are the next routes to be flown by their A380? Is MIA also one of their A380 routes? I seem to recall it isn't...? A388
40 Post contains links KarelXWB : Check http://a380flights.net/
41 A388 : Great, thanks. That clears it up!!! So it will be HKG, LAX, JNB, JFK, SIN, PEK. A388
42 TristarSteve : No. LAX HKG and JNB are coming, the other three are wishful thinking, and not correct.
43 SelseyBill : I appreciate the dubious accuracy of 'wikipedia', but the PEK airport page does say it is expecting BA A380 flights in the 'near future'........ Make
44 rutankrd : I'll take TristarSteve's views concerning anything BA related over those posted in a Wiki ! The guys pretty close to ops on a daily basis !
45 GDB : One thing about BA - or it's marketing and management, is a blind eye and tin ear for celebs, they almost always get it wrong, if you think they shou
46 Post contains links Miami : Yes. MIA recently closed gates D1-D3 to upgrade it to an A380 gate. Remember the North Terminal (Concourse D) is only for AA whom is a Oneworld membe
47 Heavierthanair : G'day BA 269 to LAX is operated by a 747 tail number G-BNLN with a delay of some 3 hours today. The A 380 G-LEA operating FRA - LHR is due in LHR in s
48 LAXintl : No clue what the plan was for today, but LAX is not daily yet on the 380. Also does not always operate on 269/268. Its doing 283/282 next week for exa
49 KarelXWB : No, they're not daily yet.
50 Post contains links rutankrd : Refer above Quoting gilesdavies (Reply 25): Whats happened to the A380? Today it is being operated by a 747-400 and currently over Northern Ireland..
51 Post contains links KarelXWB : Well, G-XLEB already operated LHR-LAX two days ago and is now on route FRA-LHR http://www.flightradar24.com/BAW903U
52 jumpjets : I can't remember the exact dates but I believe it will be around Feb/March 2014 before LAX gets a daily 388. Until then there won't be sufficient 388
53 Tristarsteve : There are 5 A380/week to LAX until the start of the summer season 2014. They operate ex LHR as BA269 day 2 4 and 6 and BA283 day 1 and 5. BA279 is alw
54 rutankrd : Tristarsteve i know its not viable to operate LHR-LAX-LHR with a single frame - to maintain daily you need two , however when it goes twice daily will
55 Tristarsteve : When LAX goes twice daily the sixth A380 is in service. These will operate 2 LAX and daily HKG and 6/week to JNB until the seventh gets delivered in S
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