British Airways shows off newly painted A380

BA's A380 may be a bit late to the party, but it was the centre of attention as it emerged from the paint hangar sporting the airline's classic livery.

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Almost ready for the runway: BA’s first A380 has had its cabins installed and will make its way to BA in the summer.

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.

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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.”

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Passengers will have the first chance to fly the plane when flights begin to Los Angeles and Hong Kong from October.

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