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BA A380s - How Are They Doing?

Fri Mar 28, 2014 11:26 am

Now that BA has 5 A380s with G-XLEF arriving soon, how are they doing?

Are there any industry insiders out there able to tell us how the load factors on the various routes are standing up and what about reliability?

Any idea of the reception they've received from passengers and crews?

Basically, I'm interested to know how they've been generally received by BA?
 
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Fri Mar 28, 2014 11:30 am

We had a similar thread last month, you can find a lot of information in there:

BA Likes A380 (and 787) (by trex8 Feb 28 2014 in Civil Aviation)
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Fri Mar 28, 2014 11:35 am

I flew LHR-JNB last week on the A380...very empty down the back, maybe 20% in the rear downstairs cabin. I had 3 seats by the window for dinner, then 4 across the middle to sleep on. I believe WTP only had 2 free seats though, and Club was busy. The return on the 744 was 100% in all classes, and very uncomfortable down the back.
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Fri Mar 28, 2014 1:53 pm

I flew on the A380 LHR-HKG-LHR in December and it was bloody amazing!

The products in WT and WTP especially are much improved and the meal services, even down the back is enhanced for the A380.

Never want to fly on one of their clapped out 747s again after that!

Also on both legs the plane was jammed full... I flew WT out and WTP back... It also appeared Club and First were sold out.

I guess sometimes flights will be busier than others, no matter what aircraft you fly.

Anyway, I wouldn't be at all surprised if BA exercise their options and order a few more on top of that.
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RE: BA A380s - How Are They Doing?

Fri Mar 28, 2014 2:46 pm

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 2):
I flew LHR-JNB last week on the A380...very empty down the back, maybe 20% in the rear downstairs cabin. I had 3 seats by the window for dinner, then 4 across the middle to sleep on. I believe WTP only had 2 free seats though, and Club was busy. The return on the 744 was 100% in all classes, and very uncomfortable down the back.
Quoting SKAirbus (Reply 3):
Never want to fly on one of their clapped out 747s again after that!

Yes, I know BA flies the A380 to JNB now. I have no doubt the A380 is a very nice aircraft to fly on, but to be honest with you if I were to fly LHR-JNB or whatever long haul route where BA flies both the A380 and the 744, and I could choose either plane for the same price, I would not hesitate to choose the 744 or the A380 because I say to myself it may be the last chance I have in my life to fly on a 747. I flew on one about a year ago from LHR to JFK and I'm glad I did. BA has already started phasing out their 744s, the last one is scheduled to leave early next decade. The A380 will be around much longer than the 747 will.
Anyway, I'm glad to hear you enjoyed the A380.

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RE: BA A380s - How Are They Doing?

Sat Mar 29, 2014 12:39 am

just did LHR-JNB on the 380s last week each way. really great interiors and the air was completely smooth making for great flights each way.

loads were incredibly high in Y, Y+ and J from what I could see walking around each way.

i am mixed on the 744. yes if in F i adore flying those birds while i can! in coach, well it is just a dump on such long flights!
 
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RE: BA A380s - How Are They Doing?

Sat Mar 29, 2014 2:46 am

i flew BA A380 G-XLEC and G-XLED LHR-LAX, LAX-LHR. And it was amazing, so quiet you didnt even notice you were moving i loved it!
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Sat Mar 29, 2014 3:15 am

Quoting American 767 (Reply 4):
I have no doubt the A380 is a very nice aircraft to fly on

The A380 is more than "very nice."

If it is available on any route I want to fly, then I would have no hesitation on choosing the A380 over any other aircraft, even if it cost a bit more.

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Sat Mar 29, 2014 8:06 am

Quoting mariner (Reply 7):
The A380 is more than "very nice."

Other than its newness, which goes for any aircraft type, what specifically do you find so special?

If I'm paying, I'm going economy. The only difference I've noticed is that the window seat is further from the wall so it's harder to lean against to sleep and the windows are like teeny weeny portholes. It certainly is very quiet, but otherwise, I'm totally non-plussed about the whole experience.

Yes the seats are newer and usually the IFE is better, but that's more of a reflection of the newness of the aircraft rather than being type-specific. I get that premium classes have an upgraded product too, but as an economy passenger that's pretty inconsequential.
 
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Sat Mar 29, 2014 8:17 am

To me on a long flight noise is a big factor. Not flown the A380 yet but looking forward to getting the chance.
 
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RE: BA A380s - How Are They Doing?

Sat Mar 29, 2014 8:53 am

Quoting aerokiwi (Reply 8):
Other than its newness, which goes for any aircraft type, what specifically do you find so special?

Space, quietness and smoothness (plus that newness you allude to) in combination?

Mariner is right. It is more than "very nice".
No other aircraft has made my daughter ask "why have we stopped?" whilst at 41 000 feet and 580 mph ...

It's certainly my family's choice, both immediate and wider.

I accept that some might not quite get it.
I can't help feeling that some of those don't as a matter of principle though ...

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RE: BA A380s - How Are They Doing?

Sat Mar 29, 2014 8:56 am

Quoting aerokiwi (Reply 8):
Other than its newness, which goes for any aircraft type, what specifically do you find so special?

"Newness" itself doesn't impress me and the seat comfort, the food, the IFE, the f/a's, have more to do with the airline than the aircraft.

But as to the aircraft, I've flown in economy and business and I found it to be spacious, smooth and quiet, a very sweet ride completely lacking that sense of claustrophobia that I get on most other aircraft after about three or four hours flying.

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RE: BA A380s - How Are They Doing?

Sat Mar 29, 2014 10:18 am

Quoting aerokiwi (Reply 8):
If I'm paying, I'm going economy. The only difference I've noticed is that the window seat is further from the wall so it's harder to lean against to sleep and the windows are like teeny weeny portholes. It certainly is very quiet, but otherwise, I'm totally non-plussed about the whole experience.

Depending on the airline, the economy seats and/or aisles are also a bit wider.

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RE: BA A380s - How Are They Doing?

Sat Mar 29, 2014 10:45 am

Quoting mariner (Reply 7):
The A380 is more than "very nice."

If it is available on any route I want to fly, then I would have no hesitation on choosing the A380 over any other aircraft, even if it cost a bit more.

mariner

SNAP! I did! I specifically orgenised a trip out to Australia with Qantas and chose routes with A380s rather than via Hong Kong which was 747-400s.

I was staggered at how quiet and spacious it was, a totally different experience....
 
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Sat Mar 29, 2014 11:09 am

My sister and parents flew to NZ at different times last year to visit, and flew on the A380 there and back. They are not interested in aircraft, and in fact hate flying, but reckoned that bar getting there quicker, this was the next best travel improvement.

My brother in law does an enormous amount of flying in Europe and to the USA. Reckoned wife was over-stating A380 benefits when she got back to the UK. A planes a planes a plane.

Since then, he's flown on a BA A380, and all I can say, he's changed his tune now.

My A380 flying has been on Emirates (most) and Qantas. I look forward to trying BA later this year.

When you do long distance travel for work, and for decades, it's hard to be sentimental about the 747, DC10, Tristar, A300 or even 777. If the flight's over 8 hours, and there are 2 legs of that length. switching from the A380 to 777 for a more direct flight feels like you are slumming it on the 777.

For those who have flown on the A380, and a long duration flight on a full 787, how do the two compare?
 
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RE: BA A380s - How Are They Doing?

Sat Mar 29, 2014 11:23 am

Quoting astuteman (Reply 10):
Space, quietness and smoothness (plus that newness you allude to) in combination?

  

In particular:

Quoting astuteman (Reply 10):
Space

Connecting from an A380 to a 777 made me fell almost claustrophobic on the [9 abrest] 777. The difference is truly amazing, and the feeling of spaciousness is wonderful.
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RE: BA A380s - How Are They Doing?

Sat Mar 29, 2014 11:47 am

My few A380 experience was only limited to LH, EK and TG and I have to say it is far quieter and that roomier impression you get does make the flight seems quicker.
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RE: BA A380s - How Are They Doing?

Sat Mar 29, 2014 9:56 pm

Quoting planesmart (Reply 14):
For those who have flown on the A380, and a long duration flight on a full 787, how do the two compare?

One thing I often hear from different people if that the 787 is not as quiet as the A380 (cabin inside that is).

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RE: BA A380s - How Are They Doing?

Sat Mar 29, 2014 10:16 pm

I think that the fuselage of the A380 lower deck is wider than the 747 (and certainly the 777) so at a comparable 3 x 4 x 3 seating across the 3 types, the A380 seats and aisles are wider.

I've flown 10 abreast in a 777 and an A380 and the latter is noticeably more comfortable. As others have posted, it's also very quiet. Almost too quiet! I like my jets to roar!