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Build begins on BA’s A380

LONDON, Apr 10 – Construction has begun on British Airways’ first super jumbo, the Airbus A380 which is due for delivery next year.

British Airways has ordered 12 Airbus A380s, and 24 Boeing 787s, which will make the airline the first carrier in the world to have both aircraft types in its fleet.

British Airways’ Chief Executive Officer, Keith Williams said they are excited that construction has begun on the first of 12 Airbus A380s.

“They represent a significant part of a huge investment by British Airways, of Sh658 trillion over the next five years in new aircraft, smarter cabins, elegant lounges, and new technologies to help attract more customers to it as well as making traveling easier.

“Our teams across the airline have been working in partnership with Airbus to ensure that preparations are well underway for us to receive this pioneering and leading edge aircraft, so that it goes smoothly into service for British Airways for the first time next year,” Williams stated.

The first parts of the A380 to be constructed are the forward fuselage and the aft fuselage sections which are being assembled and equipped in Germany.

Other parts of the Airbus are being assembled in France, as well as the tailfin while the horizontal tail plane is manufactured in Spain.

Meanwhile, the undercarriage is being assembled in Canada and France, the wings in Flintshire, North Wales, and the Rolls Royce engines in Derbyshire.

Dedicated teams across British Airways are working behind the scenes for the entry into service of both the A380 and B787 Dreamliner later next year.

Last year British Airways completed the latest phase of a multi-billion shilling redevelopment of its Heathrow engineering base to prepare for the arrival of the new fleet of A380s, B787s and Boeing 777-300s.

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This included a new 24 tonne roof ‘eyebrow’ which was lifted into place in one of the aircraft hangars, which raised the height of the entrance to accommodate the A380’s 24 metre tailfin.

Routes for the airline’s first A380 and B787 are set to be announced when the Airbus is delivered.

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