Back in March British Airways announced their inaugural longhaul A380 destinations, which are Los Angeles and then Hong Kong. Initially the Los Angeles service was going to launch on October 15, but I guess things are moving along ahead of schedule (“shed-jewel,” for my friends residing in the Kingdom). The A380 service to Los Angeles will now launch on September 24, a full three weeks early.
In other news, over the coming weeks British Airways will be doing training flights within Europe on both the Airbus A380 and Boeing 787. It’s pretty common for airlines to operate new aircraft types on shorthaul routes for the purposes of crew familiarization.
While they haven’t published a specific schedule, this FlyerTalk thread has some pretty interesting info, which suggests the following:
- Supposedly the A380 will operate turns between London Heathrow and Frankfurt August 2 through 31 on BA902/903/910/911.
- Supposedly the 787 will operate turns between London Heathrow and Stockholm from August 9 through 31 on BA780/781 (which is usually operated by a 767),
The inaugural A380 passenger flight already occurred between London and Frankfurt, and a FlyerTalk member made a video of the experience:
Anyway, I wouldn’t totally count on the rumored schedule being 100% accurate, but if these routes are already in your travel plans it may be worth switching around your flights.