Hollywood actress, Thandie Newton has begun the countdown to British Airways’ A380 taking off on its Red Carpet route. The A380 superjumbo will leave Heathrow on its maiden long-haul flight on September 24, bound for the bright lights of Los Angeles. Thandie said:
“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?”
Thandie is pictured above wearing The Gathering Goddess vintage dress with Jimmy Choo shoes and jewellery by Solange Azagury-Partridge
Twelve 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.
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 Toronto. Ernest Wooden Jr, President and CEO of the Los Angeles Tourism & Convention Board, said:
“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 visitor’s milestone by 2020.”
The A380 will operate as the BA283/2 on Mondays and Fridays and the BA269/8 on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays.