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British Airways is hinting that Hong Kong will be the debut route for its Airbus A380, with first flights around the middle of next year.
BA has a dozen superjumbos on order, with the first due to arrive in July followed by three more before the year is out.
The British flag-carrier has shortlisted Hong Kong, Singapore, New York and Beijing as the A380s first destinations.
BA chairman Sir Martin Broughton is now tipping Hong Kong will take the honour, giving Australian travellers an appealing option when making their Kangaroo Route hop via Hong Kong with the help of a Qantas connecting flight.
(If you choose the right day of the week you can do the Red Roo's A380 on QF127/128 and then double up on the double decker with BA.)
"It's not confirmed but my guess is it would be Hong Kong, although Madrid will probably be the test flight" Broughton reportedly told Business Traveller.
"People keep saying New York, but remember we have the schedules there, so the bigger the aircraft, you reduce the schedule."
As Australian Business Traveller revealed last week, British Airways won't be fitting an all-new Club World business class seat to the A380, opting instead for what a spokesperson described as "an evolution of the current seat".
We spotted and snapped BA's first A380 on the line during a recent visit to the Airbus factory in Toulouse, however the airline is yet to reveal the seating plan for its new flagship.
It will of course encompass all four classes, from World Traveller economy and World Traveller Plus premium economy through to Club World business class and of course BA's lush First cabin.
The layout is tipped to place first class, business and economy on the lower deck, with secondary business and economy cabins plus a compact premium economy section upstairs.
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