BA’s first Airbus A380 flight
Mar 13th, 2013 by elisa

Tickets are now on sale for British Airways’ first Airbus A380 flight to Los Angeles, known as the ‘Red Carpet Route’ in aviation terms.

BA will receive the first double-decker super-jumbo in July, with its first flight from 15th October this year.

Fares start at £499 return in World Traveller (economy), with a £380 upgrade option to World Traveller Plus (premier economy). Return fares start from £3,800 for two people with Club World (business class).

The aircraft will seat 469 passengers in total. Travellers in First will be seated at the front of the main deck, Club World passengers can choose from seats on the main or the upper deck. World Traveller Plus customers will be seated on the upper deck, and World Traveller passengers can choose between seats on the main and upper deck.

British Airways has ordered a total of 12 of the super-jumbos with delivery to be completed by 2016.

The second route to be taken by the A380 will be to Hong Kong. Flights can be booked now for travel from 15th November, 2013.

Steeper landing descents could reduce noise levels
Dec 10th, 2012 by elisa

Aircraft coming in to land at a steeper angle could reduce noise disruption for those living under flight paths at Heathrow by as much as 15-20%, claims Emirates.

The concept, promoted by the airline for its fleet of A380 aircraft, could bypass current regulations on the capacity of night-time flights presently allowed. Currently, aircraft descend into Heathrow at an angle of three degrees, meaning that they are flying at around 1,600ft above the suburb of Richmond. However, if the angle were increased to 5.5 degrees, the aircraft would be flying over the suburb at nearly double the height, which would significantly reduce noise levels.

At present, anything over the three degree standard sanctioned by global aviation rule-setting body ICAO is only permitted for obstacle clearance.

The concept is being seriously considered by UK air traffic control, NATS. Chief executive of NATS, Richard Deakin, spoke about the possibility to the UK Transport Select Committee today: “I don’t believe there are any A380s anywhere that fly those steep angles into airports thresholds. We would need to do some technical modelling around the feasibility of that. Clearly more work needs to be done by ourselves and with the CAA, the airport and the airlines,” he said.

If adopted, the reduction in noise would still not apply to those who live much closer to the airport.



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