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Talk about roomy. Inside British Airway's new double-decker jet

The airline took delivery of a new A380 commercial jet at London's Heathrow airport

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British Airways took delivery of its first Airbus A380 on Thursday at London’s Heathrow airport. The commercial jet is the world’s largest.


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The double-decker jet has room for 469 customers in four different cabins on two levels.


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First-class passengers, appropriately enough, will be seated at the front of the jet. Just 14 of these premium seats are available. Compared with BA’s current first-class offerings, the A380 boasts 60 per cent more personal storage and 30 per cent more personal space.

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Customers travelling in Club World, or business class, can choose between seats on the main and upper decks.

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Economy, renamed World Traveller, also has seats on the main and upper decks. The 55 seats for World Traveller Plus, or premium economy, are on the top floor only.


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The aircraft is 16 per cent more fuel efficient than a Boeing 747, and quieter during takeoff and landing.


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The jet’s first long-hual flight will be to Los Angeles from London on Sept. 24, 2013. Prices start at £621 return.

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