Eight of the twelve superjumbos of the British national carrier, grounded by the Covid-19 pandemic, should one-day resume service from their base at London-Heathrow, and this could begin at the start of the winter season on the 25th. October 2020. According to the GDS consulted by Airlineroute, British Airways plans to operate its A380s every day to the airports of Johannesburg-OR Tambo in South Africa, and Los Angeles and Miami in the United States; San Francisco would return to the A380 at the same pace but only from February 2021.
British Airways A380s are configured to accommodate 14 passengers in First, 97 in Business class, 55 in Premium and 303 in Economy (469 seats); eleven are parked at Châteauroux-Marcel Dassault (the 12th is in Manila undergoing major maintenance), but they have already made round trips to Heathrow airport for maintenance operations.
During the presentation of the IAG Group’s results, a slide concerning the fleet of the Oneworld alliance company mentioned the “temporary grounding” of only four of the twelve A380s operated before the health crisis (and up to six Boeing 777), suggesting an imminent return to service of the other eight.
The return to service of the British Airways A380s obviously remains subject to changes in the health crisis and in travel demand.
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