The FINANCIAL -- Hollywood
actress, Thandie Newton has begun the countdown to British
Airways’ A380 taking off on its Red Carpet route, according to British Airways.
The A380 superjumbo will leave Heathrow on its maiden long-haul
flight on September 24, bound for the bright lights of Los Angeles.
“British Airways’ A380 aircraft is like a
grand hotel in the sky. It’s luxurious and ultra modern. I feel
particularly lucky because I make frequent trips to Los Angeles, and now
even a long weekend to LA seems appealing, because the holiday begins
as soon as you get on the superjumbo. Who thought travelling could get
any more exciting?” said Hollywood
actress, Thandie Newton.
A380s will join the British Airways fleet over the next four years as
part of the airline’s £5bn investment in products and services for
customers. The aircraft are due to fly to Hong Kong from October 22 and
Johannesburg from February next year. The innovative design of the A380
makes it much quieter during take-off and landing and 16 per cent more
fuel efficient than a Boeing 747, according to British Airways.
The airline is also taking
delivery of 24 Boeing 787 Dreamliners over the same period, three of
which are now with the British Airways fleet and already operating to
“The home of endless
entertainment, Los Angeles is a plethora of exciting and hip new trends
from food to fashion, arts to architecture. After reaching a record 41.4
million visitors last year, we’re prepared to reach new heights and
with the help of the new A380 route we’re now setting our sights on the
50 million visitors milestone by 2020,” said Ernest Wooden Jr, President and CEO of the Los Angeles
Tourism & Convention Board.
Return fares to Los
Angeles on the A380 start from £508 return in World Traveller (economy),
£888 return in World Traveller Plus (premium economy), £2,092 return in
Club World (business class) and £5,904 return in First, accordig to British Airways.