Wish you could fly like a bird? Well, there is better news as now you can fly like a king! BAA Heathrow will welcome the world’s largest commercial airliner, the Airbus A380. The Airbus A380 will land in the UK on Thursday 18 May for the first time from Berlin. The aircraft will arrive on Heathrow’s Southern Runway and park at Terminal 3, Pier 6 – a new purpose-built GBP105 million, 280 meter long three-story high pier which can accommodate up to four A380s at a time. Staff at the facilities in Broughton, Flintshire, and Filton, near Bristol, cheered as it passed low above them. The 555-seat aircraft and its crew are visiting Heathrow to test the airport’s facilities before flying out on Friday.
Heathrow operator BAA is spending a whopping £450m ($845m) so that it is ready to handle the A380 when it starts making commercial flights later this year. Fasten your seatbelts folks…the rollercoaster has just launched!
Catch the official opening of Peir 6 here.