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Trip Report : Flyertalk goes on board the new BA Airbus A380

Trip Report : Flyertalk goes on board the new BA Airbus A380

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Old Jul 5, 13, 8:08 am
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Arrow Trip Report : Flyertalk goes on board the new BA Airbus A380

British Airways very kindly extended an invitation to Flyertalk to visit the Heathrow engineering base this morning to take a look at the new A380, which arrived from Airbus Tolouse facility yesterday.

Here are a few shots of the aircraft. Please feel to post any questions and I'll endeavour to answer.

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The A380
















Rolls Royce Trent 900 A380 engine, with Trent 1000 B787 engine alongside








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The Upper Deck

A380 upper deck, moving from front to back.

The cabin layout is :

Club World - (door 1) - Club World - World Traveller Plus - (door 2) - World Traveller - (door 3) - World Traveller







Club World cabin (first of 2 CW cabins on this deck) 2 -3 - 2







Looking forward, showing the middle rear-facing seats




Club World cabin (second of 2 CW cabins on this deck) 2 -3 -2




Looking forward




World Traveller Plus cabin 2 - 3 - 2










World Traveller cabin (first of 2 WT cabins on this deck) 2 - 4 - 2




Bin storage










World Traveller cabin (second of 2 WT cabins on this deck) 2 - 4 - 2

This is a smaller cabin and feels quite intimate.














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The lower deck

A380 Lower Deck, moving from front to back.

The cabin layout is :

(door 1) - First - (door 2) - Club World - (door 3) - World Traveller - (door 4) - World Traveller - (door 5)


First class cabin













Donald Duck ?













Club World Cabin 2 - 4 - 2







Looking forward





World Traveller cabin (first of 2 WT cabins on this deck) 3 - 4 - 3









which is an escape hatch from the basement crew rest area.




World Traveller cabin (second of 2 WT cabins on this deck) cabin 3 - 4 - 3








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Old Jul 5, 13, 8:12 am
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The basement

Crew Rest Area, accessed through a staircase in the centre of the aircraft.







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Great pictures!
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Old Jul 5, 13, 8:18 am
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These are great - thanks for posting.

The extra shoulder space in the middle upstairs CW seat makes it look quite inviting. Can you recall if it has two drawers - one on either side?
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Old Jul 5, 13, 8:19 am
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Arghhhhh...those horrible table consoles in F !!!

Looks like the crew get the best accommodations!!!! I'd love a bunk like that!
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Old Jul 5, 13, 8:19 am
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Thanks for saving me the effort of putting up my photos from today!
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Great pics!
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Old Jul 5, 13, 8:23 am
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Really lovely photos, thanks.
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Old Jul 5, 13, 8:30 am
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Lovely images.

Did you open the storage locker which forms part of the F seat - just wondered what it looked like inside as apparently you can store hand luggage in there.

Cannot wait to get on it!

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Old Jul 5, 13, 8:32 am
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Great photos, Oxon Flyer!
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Old Jul 5, 13, 8:33 am
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Nice pictures.

The 3-4-3 WT cabin fills me with dread.

Also, does anyone know why it is still necessary to have a belting great big IFE box under seats? I'm surprised technology hasn't advanced in this area unless it's all to do with getting these to coexist with the rather more crucial systems that keep the plane in the air.
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Great photos but the seat layout is uninspiring I guess they wanted to keep it consistent but it would have been nice to have 1-2-1 in CW.
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