British Airways has commenced daily A380 flights between London and Los Angeles with the inaugural flight on September 24, 2013. The BA flights are the only flights on the spacious Airbus A380 aircraft between the two cities.
The A380 replaces a Boeing 747-400 on one of BA’s 3 daily flights on the route.
Former Spice Girl Melanie Chisholm and singer Matt Cardle performed live at Heathrow Terminal 5 for passengers of the inaugural service before the flight’s departure.
At the Los Angeles International airport, the aircraft was welcomed with a water cannon salute by the LAX fire brigade as well as champagne, cupcakes, and little A380 models at the gate.
Passengers on the inaugural flight were given a Hollywood-style welcome complete with a red carpet and step-and-repeat performance featuring Marilyn Monroe, Frank Sinatra, and Charlie Chaplin impersonators.