O’Hare to get British Airways Airbus A380 flights – Transportation News

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8 August 2017 | 6:00 pm


O’Hare International Airport is slated to get flights next year from the world’s largest passenger aircraft.

British Airways said it will fly an Airbus A380 from Chicago to London’s Heathrow Airport daily beginning May 8.

“The addition of the Airbus A380 for direct service from O’Hare to London is great news for travelers in Chicago and around the world,” city Aviation Commissioner Ginger Evans said in a statement from the airline.

In 2015 Evans said at a presentation that O’Hare’s lack of A380 gates was an example of how the facility had slipped in recent years.

By contrast, John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York first built an A380 gate in 2007, while Los Angeles International Airport had one by 2008.

The Aviation Department pulled a permit in February 2016 to build out a gate in the international terminal that could handle an Airbus A380.​ ​

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Like other gates in that terminal, the A380 gate was designed as “common use,” meaning no airline will have control of it.

The A380 that British Airways will use for O’Hare flights can accommodate 469 passengers.

The A380 is designed for long-haul flights, allowing fliers to avoid transfers during their trips. Airports around the globe have had redevelop parts of their terminals to allow the planes to pull up to gates and load and unload passengers.

The date the permit to build the gate was pulled has been corrected.

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