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BA - A Glimpse Inside The New A380

Thu Mar 07, 2013 9:34 am

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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Thu Mar 07, 2013 11:24 am

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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Thu Mar 07, 2013 11:28 am

Thanks.
Is the seat map already available?
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Thu Mar 07, 2013 11:47 am

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.
 
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Thu Mar 07, 2013 11:50 am

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

Yes on the front page of ba.com!
 
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Thu Mar 07, 2013 11:52 am

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 .
 
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Thu Mar 07, 2013 12:21 pm

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

I will check it!
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Thu Mar 07, 2013 12:24 pm

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?
 
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Thu Mar 07, 2013 12:31 pm

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.
 
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Thu Mar 07, 2013 12:49 pm

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 ?
 
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Thu Mar 07, 2013 2:48 pm

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

Also a new one at http://www.thebasource.com/britishairways380seatmap.html
 
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Thu Mar 07, 2013 3:07 pm

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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Thu Mar 07, 2013 5:08 pm

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?
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Thu Mar 07, 2013 5:12 pm

I dont get their business class. Why there are rear facing seats?
 
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Thu Mar 07, 2013 5:26 pm

Exciting times for BA now that they finally will fly the A380.
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Thu Mar 07, 2013 5:38 pm

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.
 
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Thu Mar 07, 2013 5:40 pm

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.
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Thu Mar 07, 2013 7:43 pm

@ Richierich: QR

I cannot open this youtube film. Does anybody have a link to a picture showing the 1st A 380 in full cls.?
 
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Thu Mar 07, 2013 8:01 pm

It's nice to see BA offering upper deck Y seating. Will they charge a premium for these seats?
 
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Thu Mar 07, 2013 8:37 pm

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.
 
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Thu Mar 07, 2013 8:38 pm

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.
 
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Thu Mar 07, 2013 8:38 pm

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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Thu Mar 07, 2013 8:48 pm

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.
 
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Thu Mar 07, 2013 9:16 pm

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?
 
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Thu Mar 07, 2013 9:22 pm

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.

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Thu Mar 07, 2013 9:23 pm

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
 
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Thu Mar 07, 2013 9:51 pm

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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Thu Mar 07, 2013 10:06 pm

I must say I am looking forward to flying on the whale, even in economy class I can see it being very comfy.
 
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Thu Mar 07, 2013 11:03 pm

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]
 
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Thu Mar 07, 2013 11:04 pm

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.
 
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Thu Mar 07, 2013 11:31 pm

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?
 
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Fri Mar 08, 2013 12:42 am

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.
 
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Fri Mar 08, 2013 12:50 am

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  
 
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Fri Mar 08, 2013 2:07 am

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.
 
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Fri Mar 08, 2013 2:54 am

Very nice and stylish in an understated way, which is so British of course.
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Fri Mar 08, 2013 6:30 am

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.
 
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Fri Mar 08, 2013 8:26 am

A380 is the first Airbus WB in BA fleet ever?

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Fri Mar 08, 2013 8:46 am

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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Fri Mar 08, 2013 9:35 am

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.
 
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Fri Mar 08, 2013 9:43 am

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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Sat Mar 09, 2013 12:25 am

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   
 
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Sat Mar 09, 2013 2:24 am

When is the exact delivery date?
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Sat Mar 09, 2013 2:59 am

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]
 
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Sat Mar 09, 2013 7:25 am

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 !!
 
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Sat Mar 09, 2013 7:52 am

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.
 
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RE: BA - A Glimpse Inside The New A380

Sat Mar 09, 2013 11:58 am

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

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