The Airbus A380, the world’s largest airliner, touched down for the first time at London’s Heathrow Airport on May 18. It can carry 800 passengers, nearly 400 more than the Boeing 747. It can be configured with a lounge, fully reclining bed-chairs, a shopping area and a bar.

The Guardian:

Roger and Dick Hemming, two men with responsible jobs and bemused partners, clutched one another and howled with excitement. As helplessly thrilled as the small boys they were when they first went plane spotting together, they sounded like characters in the Dandy.

“Woohoo! Good grief! Wowee!”

For one stupendous heartbeat the sky over their heads was blotted out by the great white hulk of the Airbus A380, the largest passenger plane in the sky, landing for the first time at a British airport.


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