– British Airways spokesman
We are doing all we can to minimise disruption to our flights, but there will inevitably be a significant number of short-haul cancellations at some UK and European airports today.Customers are advised to check ba.com for latest flight information... Customers on cancelled flights will be able to claim a full refund or be rebooked on to alternative flights. Given that Heathrow is the world's busiest two-runway airport and Gatwick is the world's busiest single-runway airport, there will be problems for all airlines as a result of the ATC failures."
The largest commercial aircraft in the world has landed at Heathrow this morning.
The British Airways' A380 will later be moved to Manston in Kent where the aircraft will be based to undertake operations and crew training.
The Business and Energy Minister has hailed a UK airline after it was the first to take deliver of a superjumbo today.
The massive British Airways superjumbo flew into Heathrow airport. Michael Fallon said:
I was impressed by the British Airways A380 when I saw it for myself at the Paris Air show last month. I am proud that around 40% of this iconic aircraft is made in the UK by a range of aerospace manufacturers of all sizes - from our large global companies through to small enterprises.
With its Rolls-Royce Trent engines and state-of-the-art wings, the A380 slashes travel emissions while boosting efficiency.
Coupled with British Airways, a world-leading airline, the A380 really is a great example of the best of British in aviation.
British Airways liveried Airbus A380, the world's largest passenger plane, arrived at Heathrow Airport today as BA became the first UK airline to take delivery of the massive superjumbo.
The delivery of the new superjumbo jet opens a "new chapter in British Airways' history", the airline's chief executive Keith Williams said today, as the Airbus A380 is due to land in Heathrow.
Mr Williams said: "We are proud to be leading the way in Europe in operating both these aircraft types.
"Over the next 12 months, we will take delivery of new long-haul aircraft at an average rate of one every two weeks."
"These deliveries form the centrepiece of the £5 billion investment BA is making in new aircraft, smarter cabins, superb lounges and new technologies to make travel more comfortable in the air and on the ground.
"Both aircraft types make major environmental advances and will contribute toward our ambitious targets for noise and carbon reduction."
The world's largest passenger plane is due to touch down at Heathrow today. British Airways will today become the first UK airline to take delivery of an Airbus A380 superjumbo.
Here are the main characteristics of the jet:
- The plane is 238ft-long.
- It takes 469 passengers, slightly fewer than some of the other superjumbo-operating airlines.
- The aircraft is 79ft high.
- The wings are 54% larger than those of the Boeing 747 jumbo jet.
- The A380 also has 50% more floor space than the Boeing 747.
- It is 50% quieter on take-off than the 747.
- The A380 can reach a speed of 587mph and has a range of 9,500 miles.
- All the wiring in the A380 is laid end to end it will stretch from Edinburgh to London.
British Airways will today become the first UK airline to take delivery of an Airbus A380 superjumbo - the world's largest passenger plane.
BA's first A380 is due to touch down at Heathrow, with the airline's chief executive Keith Williams on board.
The BA double-decker superjumbo will be shown off at the carrier's engineering base at Hatton Cross alongside another recently-delivered aircraft, a Boeing 787 Dreamliner.
This will be the first of 12 superjumbos ordered by BA, with passenger services due to start this autumn.
British Airways has said it will not pay compensation to passengers whose flights were delayed or cancelled following the emergency landing of one of its jets at Heathrow Airport last Friday.
Passengers whose journeys are delayed by more than three hours are entitled to compensation following a European Court of Justice ruling.
About 200 flights were cancelled following the closure of Heathrow on Friday, the majority of which were operated by British Airways.
But BA has insisted it is not responsible for £214 per passenger under the EU261 ruling.
It said the closure of the airport was an "extraordinary circumstance", and therefore it was only liable for providing food and drink, and hotel accommodation where necessary.
A BA spokesman said:
"We are very sorry for the disruption thousands of our customers experienced on Friday following the severe air space restrictions after Heathrow was closed for a short while and one of the two runways at the airport was shut for several hours."
He added: "Heathrow operates at maximum capacity and is the world's busiest two-runway airport.
This type of incident at Heathrow, regardless of which airline it involves, will always lead to large numbers of cancellations and delays for British Airways as we are the home-based carrier with 50% of the flights at the airport.
"We did all we could to offer duty of care including giving out refreshments and hotel rooms during Friday.
We do not believe we are liable for further EU261 compensation payments as the closure or restriction of airspace, which led to the cancellations and delays, is defined as an extraordinary circumstance."