British Airways is bullish on first class demand between Los Angeles and London. Cabin photograph courtesy of airline.
When British Airways brings its Airbus A380 to Los Angeles International Airport for the first time on Tuesday, it will have something slightly unusual for a new airplane: 14 first class seats. (To compare, Korean Airlines has 12 first class seats on its A380, while Lufthansa has only eight.)
The 14 first class seats are in addition to 97 seats in the airline’s Club World — or business class — cabin. In Club World, every seat converts to a fully flat and private bed.
In May, about a month before Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa left office, he led a trade delegation to China. Now some of the the bills from that trip are becoming public.
Los Angeles World Airports, operator of LAX, paid $5546.50 for Villaraigosa’s plane ticket, documents show. The price appears to suggest Villaraigosa flew in business class. The airport also paid the same price for Michael Lawson, president of the Board of Airport Commissioners. The airport also paid $2,095 for the plane ticket of mayor’s office employee Martha Preciado, documents show.
LAWA and the Port of Los Angeles — both self financing city departments — combined to pay for the trip. The two entities estimated they would each pay about $40,000 in total. The goal was to stimulate trade and build relationships with China’s political and economic leaders.
United Airlines announced this week that it’s just about finished installing flatbed business class seats on every long-haul international airplane in its fleet.
It seems easy enough, right? You just rip out the old seats and put new ones in their place.
But it’s not that simple. Condé Nast Traveler got an inside look at what it takes to transform a Boeing 777. In short, United rips the plane apart and then puts it back together.
Check out the whole photo galley. It’s worth a visit.