Crowds looked on as British Airways became the first UK airline to take delivery of an Airbus A380 – the world’s largest passenger plane.
The massive superjumbo flew into Heathrow airport as hundreds of flag-waving BA staff looked on.
After the plane landed at Heathrow it taxied towards a giant BA hangar at Hatton Cross where it parked alongside another recently-delivered aircraft, a Boeing 787 Dreamliner.
Powered by Rolls-Royce engines and with its wings built in the UK, the huge double-decker plane will make its first commercial long-haul flight with BA to Los Angeles on September 24, and its first flight to Hong Kong on October 22.
Those travelling on the plane will find a lot of room inside as BA is configuring the massive, 238ft-long A380 to take 469 passengers, slightly fewer than some of the other superjumbo-operating airlines.
The A380 first-class passengers will enjoy nightwear, a turndown service, fine dining, a champagne supper and 15-inch entertainment screens.
Powered by four Rolls-Royce Trent 900 engines, the A380 can reach a speed of 587mph and has a range of 9,500 miles. The surface of the superjumbo is covered in three layers of paint weighing about 500kg.