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Old Jul 9, 13, 12:20 pm
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A380 lax-lhr?

Started checking mid Sept. flights LAX-LHR r.t. and was mildly shocked to see that BA has the A380 scheduled both ways. I'm not keen to try it as I'm a 747 fan. Well, who did I imagine would use those new gates? And I suppose I knew BA was purchasing A380's. Could anyone please tell me how soon it will be before we'll have no choice on this route? I'm too lazy to check the schedule. It may be this plane and the 777 that persuades me to leave BA [after 40 years], not the difficulty of spending avios or the food.
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Old Jul 9, 13, 12:32 pm
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Still plenty of opportunities to fly on the B744

Here's the LHR-LAX Winter 2013 schedule

BA0279 LHR-LAX 09:40d 12:55a B744
BA0283 LHR-LAX 12:05d 15:10a B744
BA1508 LHR-LAX 14:00d 17:15a B77W (operated by AA)
BA0269 LHR-LAX 16:15d 19:15a A380

BA0278 LAX-LHR 15:35d 09:55a B744
BA0282 LAX-LHR 17:45d 12:00a B744
BA1509 LAX-LHR 19:50d 14:15a B77W (operated by AA)
BA0268 LAX-LHR 21:30d 15:45a A380
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Old Jul 9, 13, 12:47 pm
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The 380 will be so much more quiet and new.

Have you been on one before and just decided you don't like them or is it because you just love the 747.

I bet you will love the 380 if you tried it. Why don't you go one way on each and compare it for us?
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Old Jul 9, 13, 12:58 pm
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I would also take 380 over 747.

Those jumbos are getting a bit yellow and tired now inside.
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Old Jul 9, 13, 1:06 pm
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THanks for the schedule, Prospero.
Little Girl-Just the thought of sitting at the gate with all those WTs depresses me! If we were in F or CW and waiting in the BA lounges it wouldn't be so bad. I adore the 747, especially UD -not that we are always there. But your idea of trying the A380 one way is good. WT+ can be quiet but WT has a lot of air noise. But don't you hear the other PAX more in the A380?
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THanks for the schedule, Prospero.
Little Girl-Just the thought of sitting at the gate with all those WTs depresses me! If we were in F or CW and waiting in the BA lounges it wouldn't be so bad. I adore the 747, especially UD -not that we are always there. But your idea of trying the A380 one way is good. WT+ can be quiet but WT has a lot of air noise. But don't you hear the other PAX more in the A380?
I have never been on one but BA have made the cabins relatively small compared to other airlines. There is WT+ upstairs and also a WT cabin upstairs too.

So you might find it nicer. Not sure which cabin you are in.

The seats in WT+ and WT are really nice, I tried these on one of our refurbished 777s and they are very comply plus it has a fantastic Thales IFE system with the choice of so many more movies than the 747 will have.
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I'm using my GUF2 to try the A380 in November. Just deciding whether to book WTP to upgrade into CW or go CW and get F. I'm most likely to go F if it's possible because I had intended to book CW before I remembered I have a GUF2 to use.

On the daytime flight will I be able to look at the other cabins as long as I don't disturb anyone? If I do travel CW I won't look at F as that cabin is small and it's more likely to disturb people.

I just hope F exits the aircraft first. My last wait at LAX immigration was a nightmare.
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I'm using my GUF2 to try the A380 in November. Just deciding whether to book WTP to upgrade into CW or go CW and get F. I'm most likely to go F if it's possible because I had intended to book CW before I remembered I have a GUF2 to use.

On the daytime flight will I be able to look at the other cabins as long as I don't disturb anyone? If I do travel CW I won't look at F as that cabin is small and it's more likely to disturb people.

I just hope F exits the aircraft first. My last wait at LAX immigration was a nightmare.
Yes, I think you would be allowed a look. Just mention it to the CSM and they may even ofer to show you around.
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It may be this plane and the 777 that persuades me to leave BA [after 40 years], not the difficulty of spending avios or the food.
Sometimes I feel like I'm the only person on the planet Earth who actually enjoys BA's food.

Compared to what US airlines serve in US domestic F (that is, IF a meal is served), BA has some great food in Club Europe on their intra-Europe flights.

Plus I rarely fly F/J, so the food is a real treat for me. I guess I might feel differently if I ate it all the time. I haven'f flown OZ/SQ/CX/QF either, so maybe this experience would change my mind.

IMHO, American Airlines and BA both serve some pretty good food.

Is the 777 that disliked among BA fliers? I've come to love it since it's what I fly on most of the time.
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I have never been on one but BA have made the cabins relatively small compared to other airlines. There is WT+ upstairs and also a WT cabin upstairs too.

So you might find it nicer. Not sure which cabin you are in.

The seats in WT+ and WT are really nice, I tried these on one of our refurbished 777s and they are very comply plus it has a fantastic Thales IFE system with the choice of so many more movies than the 747 will have.
The upper deck sounds great in WT, well as good as Economy class could be. If you're travelling as a pair and have a window seat then there's no middle seat, plus storage at your side.

Only issue with being down the back on an A380 is I'd worry about being the last off and having to deal with long queues at US immigration.

For comfort I imagine the A380 beats the 747 in every class of travel with the possible exception of upper deck club world.
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I flew my first 380 recently with QF. I was in J on the upper deck pretty close to the pointy end. It honestly seemed noisier than the 747 UD. More air noise? Or overinflated expectations?
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380 out on the 24th to LAX - and 744 back on the 29th. Could have come back on the 380 too but want to see if it really is any better as my fav plane is the 744 too.

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Originally Posted by Prospero View Post
Still plenty of opportunities to fly on the B744

Here's the LHR-LAX Winter 2013 schedule

BA0279 LHR-LAX 09:40d 12:55a B744
BA0283 LHR-LAX 12:05d 15:10a B744
BA1508 LHR-LAX 14:00d 17:15a B77W (operated by AA)
BA0269 LHR-LAX 16:15d 19:15a A380

BA0278 LAX-LHR 15:35d 09:55a B744
BA0282 LAX-LHR 17:45d 12:00a B744
BA1509 LAX-LHR 19:50d 14:15a B77W (operated by AA)
BA0268 LAX-LHR 21:30d 15:45a A380
These timings seem odd for the 380. If it spent less time on the ground at LAX and came home a bit earlier, they would only need one aircraft to serve this route. But with these timings, they cant do it with just one as there isn't long enough to turn it around at LHR. Seems like a needless complication to the schedule.
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Old Jul 9, 13, 9:58 pm
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These timings seem odd for the 380. If it spent less time on the ground at LAX and came home a bit earlier, they would only need one aircraft to serve this route. But with these timings, they cant do it with just one as there isn't long enough to turn it around at LHR. Seems like a needless complication to the schedule.
I'd read elsewhere BA0283 was A380?
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Old Jul 9, 13, 10:07 pm
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I'd read elsewhere BA0283 was A380?
My bad - I see the a/c loaded in ba.com now. I had incorrect information
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