Vancouver plane spotters were out in full force last night to catch the inaugural landing of British Airways’ A380 aircraft. Throughout the busy summer season, the airline will be flying the A380 – the world’s largest passenger jet - on their popular London Heathrow (LHR) to YVR route.
Yesterday’s arrival marks the first A380 scheduled service to YVR, the first scheduled A380 service to Western Canada and the first time that British Airways is flying an A380 to any Canadian destination!
An event was held last night to welcome the big new aircraft to the YVR family. On arrival, the A380 was greeted with a traditional water arch salute from YVR’s Airside Emergency Services Team. Inside the terminal, guests departing to London Heathrow were treated to an event at their gate, featuring a live jazz trio, canapés, and a spectacular replica A380 cake. Craig Richmond, President and CEO of YVR; Robert Antoniuk, British Airways Vice President Customer Service, North America West; and Rupert Potter, the British Consul General were on hand to welcome the plane and share insights on how the addition of the A380 further strengthens the connection between Vancouver and London.
The anticipation of the A380’s arrival has been building ever since British Airways announced last summer that it would be bringing the aircraft to Vancouver. With a length of 73 metres and a wingspan of 80 metres, the A380 is striking not only for its massive size, but also for its double-deck, which runs the entire length of the fuselage. Inside, the state-of-the-art aircraft was designed with wellness in mind. Passengers will experience spacious cabins that are the quietest of any existing passenger aircraft type.
If you didn’t have a chance to see the plane land on Sunday, you will be able to catch a glimpse of the aircraft at YVR in the early evening each day throughout the summer.
Did you know?
- The Airbus A380 has the largest wings ever built for a passenger airliner. They are 772 square metres in size and 54 per cent larger than the wings on a Boeing 747.
- During takeoff the A380 wing will flex upwards by over 4 metres.