Continuing my occasional look at the building of the first British Airways Airbus A380, we are getting close to delivery day. It’s been interesting to see this huge aircraft’s construction over the last year.
British Airways have used Boeing 747 “Jumbo” jets on long haul routes since the 1970s. They still have 57 of these beasts in the fleet. Even today I think that this iconic jet looks beautiful in flight. And if you can afford seats up front (FIRST) or upstairs (Club Class) – or know how to use air-miles to get them – it offers a luxurious way to travel.
But BA has decided that the future of long haul “big” jets lies with the Airbus A380 which differs from the jumbo in that it features a double deck across its whole length. Here is a picture of the first British Airways Airbus A380 coming out of the construction hangar recently.
BA’s reasons for choosing it are that it’s more fuel efficient, quieter, more spacious and can carry more passengers than the jumbo that was designed in the 1960s.
This may be so and I must admit I look forward to trying out the A380. But I have one problem with this double decked leviathan. Compared to the beautiful graceful sweeping lines of the 747, this modern people carrier looks just bloody ugly.
Over to you: Do you prefer the 747 or the A380. I’d love to hear what your experiences of both are. We were promised gyms are cinemas when I imagine economy is still quite cramped. What is the experience like in each travel class?