You now get the reason why I was heading to Frankfurt! Since the beginning of August and for a limited time only, British Airways decided to send their new Airbus A380-800 on selected LHR-FRA-LHR flights, this aircraft is of course intended for long haul journey: Los Angeles, Hong Kong and Johannesburg are the first destinations who will get to see this aircraft.
CLICK-HERE I had 1h50 between my LH flight originating from CDG and my BA flight bound for LHR, it may seems enough but FRA is just a mess and you never know if you gonna be bussed or if security checked are gonna take hours.
I have only been once in FRA and I struggled to find the train linking the terminals.
British Airways is using Terminal 2, check-in area E.
I received my BP but unfortunately no more windows available, it’s gonna be an aisle seat then.
The terminal is modern with a sleek and efficient design
Boarding is called by priority and by rows
Here is the beast G-XLEA, the one and only A380 in BA’s fleet.
Even if it’s a dedicated A380 gates with 3 jetways, only one was in use and for a good reason, First (Lower deck) and Upper deck are not receiving paid passengers on these special training flights.
Club World (Lower deck) is in a 2-4-2 configuration, seat design has been slightly updated, most noticeably with the use of brown instead of dark blue.
World Traveler (Lower deck) is in a 3-4-3 configuration where all the Economy passengers get to seat.
IFE is provided by Thales
Economy cabin is quite packed
Unfortunately, PTV will not be in use even for the safety briefing, they performed a manual one.
The partial view I can get from my seat
World Traveller (Lower deck)
After chatting a bit with one of the crew member, I am invited to get upstair!
And it’s EMPTY, I am on my own in a flying A380!
World Traveller (Upper deck), 2-4-2 configuration
World Traveller Plus (Upper deck), 2-3-2 configuration
Fully reclined seat
Club World on the upper is divided in two cabins, the second cabin were filled with BA crews so I did not take picture of it. 19 cabin crews were on board, but only half of them were working! I feel like I was on a ferry flight and it was quite weird.
Club World (Upper deck), 2-3-2 configuration (1st cabin)
And this is the view you gonna get!
2 spacious toilets are located on each sides of the staircase (like on AF or MH)
But what is that?
New First of course, in a 1-2-1 configuration
It feels A LOT more spacious than on the 744 even if the seat design is similar, I think they just make it bigger to fit the A380 width.
And we round-up with Club World (lower deck) occupied by Club Europe paying passengers on this flight.
Service is the regular Euro Traveller one, Gin Tonic and crips for me
We were lucky as ATC didn’t put us in a holding pattern but still, we had to wait 5/10 minutes before disembarking as a passenger had to be escorted by the Police.
Partial view of our whalejet, gated at Terminal 5C
Frankfurt - FRA
London - LHR
It’s always fantastic to get a chance to fly on a brand new aircraft especially of an iconic airline like BA, however they did nothing to communicate nor promote this new aircraft when at the same time Air France did a lot of buzz when they sent back in summer 2009 their A380 on CDG-LHR legs.
This aircraft is indeed pleasant and a great addition to BA’s fleet, however cabin is pretty standard with no real evolution, still you will experiences A380 perks like the reduced onboard noise level or the side bins if you are seated on the upper deck with a window seat.
If you plan to travel in either Club World or World Traveller I would recommend to pick a seat on the upper deck, it feels more cozy and inviting.
World Traveller Plus may not be worth the money, seats are not reclining that much and are only marginally wider than World Traveller.
On the other side First Class seats (located on the lower deck) are bigger and feel more private than in 747.
Btw, BA plans to continue operating this aircraft on this route until mid-october.
Thanks for your reading, the dream journey is not over XD.
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