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The world's largest passenger plane flew into Heathrow airport as British Airways became the first UK airline to add the aircraft to its fleet.
Partly built and designed in the UK and powered by Rolls-Royce engines, the double-decker Airbus A380 will carry 469 passengers at a speed of up to 587mph.
The superjumbo has a range of 9,500 miles, is covered in three layers of paint weighing about 500kg.
BA has already received two Boeing 787 Dreamliners and by 2016 will have a total of 12 superjumbos in its fleet.
The huge aircrafts are already in wide use across the globe, with world airlines including Air France, Emirates and Qantas.