British Airways has rolled out its first painted A380 in Hamburg.
The superjumbo is on its way to Airbus HQ in Toulouse for final checks and will be handed over to BA in July.
12 painters spent two weeks coating the jet in the airline’s trademark red, white and blue livery.
One of the biggest challenges was painting the 10,000 dots on the tail fin that make up the union jack flag, says A380 paint shop senior manager, Christoph Hettwer:”This was a difficult task. You can imagine someone had to peel off the thousands of little dots from a stencil.”
Passengers will have the first chance to fly the plane when flights begin to Los Angeles and Hong Kong from October.