G-XLEA will be arriving at Cardiff on the 29th from 0800 to 1300 Zulu It will then fly to Stansted to arrive at 1400 Zulu G-XLEA will then stay overnight at Stansted and leave at 0735 on the 30 July and then will arriving at Shannon around 0855 Zulu After spending few hours in Shannon, it will then depart at 1135 flying to Gatwick. It will arrive LGW at 1250 and leave at 1900 to fly home to London Heathrow Airport
Was wondering whether Gatwick would ever see an A380. Looks like they are really ramping up the hours on her with the flight training!
Gatwick has seen an A380 at least twice this year already: On March 26th Emirates operated an A380 on flight EK015/016 (they did so before on July 6th 2012). link And on May 26th the UEFA CL Champions in their usual megalomaniac manner used Lufthansa's D-AIMB "München" for their flight back from Gatwick to Munich. BTW they were beaten 4:2 by the very same opponent in the German Supercup this saturday (I'm absolutely aware of the relatively miniscule significance of this win).
BA to do a full cabin 'flight' with XLEA this Tuesday afternoon with 469 pax, all BA volunteers. The aircraft will stay on the ground at London Heathrow, however. The flight is BA9200 from London to LXS (Lemnos). It turned out to be a simulated 6 hour flight to Hong Kong. Having seen some tweets they had a nice and smooth flight. Still wonder if this is realistic enough, as noises and vibrations are missing. A second dress rehearsal for cabin crew is scheduled later, could be Wednesday as LEA is to do only one return flight to Frankfurt on this day.
BA would have exercised / ordered more by the time they get to 12.
I can see a fleet of at least 30 given load factors and multiple flights per destination.
I hope you are right, but I think I read somewhere that BA are changing up their fleet strategy. IIRC their plan is to replace their B744s with a mix of A380s and B787s seeing as the load factors on a lot of their 744 flights are low. They have ordered (I think) 42 B787s in total and 12 A380s so that would work for replacing their ~55 744s. Having said that I think they still have 5 A380 options which I would have thought will be exercised in the next few years.
*Edit: Maybe this should be moved to another thread?
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