New British Airways SuperJumbo A380 & Refurbished Fleet

Trent 900 Engine attached to British Airways A380

Trent 900 Engine – capable of 70,000 lbs of thrust – attached to First British Airways A380.

Airbus Prepares First British Airways A380 SuperJumbo

The installation of four mammoth Rolls-Royce Trent 900 engines, capable of producing 70,000 lbs of trust each, marks a milestone when it comes to the building of British Airways’ first A380 aircraft.

This is the first SuperJumbo of 12 A380s British Airways has on order – initial delivery is expected in June of 2013.

The installation of the Trent 900’s is a true engineering feat – constructed at the Rolls-Royce plant in Derby, the four mega-sized engines then make the trip to Toulouse, France, via road and ferry. Each engine with a weight of six tonnes and a diameter of nearly 10 feet, took a team of five Airbus engineers to install.

British Airways’ director of engineering, Garry Copeland, said, “We are delighted to see the aircraft taking shape, and can’t wait for it to join the British Airways fleet. This delivery is the latest step in a huge investment to upgrade the fleet and improve the inflight experience for our customers.”

New Aircraft Deliveries and Boeing 767 / 777 Refurbishment Program

These new aircraft deliveries form part of a $7.5 million dollar investment by British Airways in new aircraft with upgraded cabins, elegant lounges, and technology to make long-haul flights more comfortable in the air, as well as on the ground.

Boeing 767-300 short-haul fleet upgrades

British Airways is already undergoing renovations of their existing Boeing fleet. The Boeing 767-300 short-haul and long-haul fleet is also undergoing renovations. The refurbished British Airways 767-300’s will have stylish new interiors, allowing passengers to travel in greater comfort, thanks to aircraft with refurbished sidewalls, bulkheads and toilets, new carpets and curtains, as well as recessed ceilings with larger overhead lockers allowing extra luggage space and new lighting throughout.

All Club Europe seats have new cushioning and dark blue leather seat covers, to increase their comfort.

Customers in Euro Traveller will enjoy new seats, comparable to those on British Airways’ new Boeing 777-300ERs. Short Haul 767s will offer sleek overhead 15 inch flat screens, replacing the bulky originals.

Frank van der Post, British Airways’ managing director, brands and customer experience, said, “We’ve created similar cabin interiors to our new Boeing 777-300ERs, which represent the new face of British Airways, and have proved popular with customers. Now customers travelling to a range of short haul destinations will be able to enjoy flights with more comfortable seats, better inflight entertainment screens, and brighter, more contemporary cabins.”

The short-haul refit program will be finished at the end of 2012.

Long-Haul Boeing 767-300 and Boeing 777-200 aircraft refits

The long-haul 767-300 aircraft are being re-fit to international standards, as experienced on the new Boeing 777-300ER aircraft.

British Airways has also continued upgrading their Boeing 777-200 aircraft through an ambitious refurbishment program. The plan is to provide 18 of the Boeing 777-200s the same contemporary interiors as its six-strong fleet of new Boeing 777-300ERs.

The refurbished aircraft are part of the $7.5 billion five year plan.

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