British Airways has launched its first Airbus A380 flights from Hong Kong to London.
The double-decker jet took off from Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA) for the first time following a major event to mark the launch. This included singer Leona Lewis performing on a raised stage next to the wing of the A380, complete with piano. There was also a catwalk fashion show and traditional British food provided by The Langham Hotel.
“Today marks another milestone in our long and proud tradition of connecting Hong Kong and London – two truly global hubs. For over three quarters of a century, this city has been an important part of British Airways’ worldwide network, so we are extremely delighted to be operating the state-of-the-art A380 on the route, and to also be the first to fly it non-stop between Hong Kong and Europe,” said Keith Williams, BA’s chief executive.
BA will use the A380 on one of its two daily flights between HKIA and London Heathrow. The aircraft comes equipped with 469 seats in four cabins – 14 in first class, 97 in business class, 55 in premium economy and 303 in economy.