The Lap Of Luxury: British Airways

International air travel is a British invention. On 25 August 1919, a single-engined de Havilland DH4A biplane trundled down the runway at Hounslow Heath near Heathrow bound for Paris. Joining the pilot was a sole passenger plus a cargo of Devonshire cream, newspapers and grouse.

In the 94 years since the fledgling Aircraft Transport and Travel Limited paved the way, the operation of winging Britons worldwide has expanded via Imperial Airways and later BOAC, until finally landing in 1974 upon the appropriately patriotic monicker British Airways. Now, in keeping with its pioneering ethos, it is introducing Europe’s very first Airbus A380 double-decker superjumbo, which will fly to Los Angeles from the UK as of 24 September.

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The high-tech, luxurious Airbus – the world’s largest passenger jet – is part of an impressive expansion of BA’s fleet: it is also taking delivery of the first 787 Dreamliners in Europe. Besides LA, the Airbus will be flying a route to Hong Kong from 22 October, while the Dreamliner will fly to Toronto and Newark Liberty. Chocks away.

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