British Airways' first Airbus A380 has been rolled out of the airframer's paint facility at Hamburg, following the application of its full livery.
The aircraft, MSN95, and the first long-haul Airbus for the UK carrier, is due to be delivered to BA in July. BA says the Rolls-Royce Trent 900-powered aircraft has had its 469-seat cabin installed and will be flown to Toulouse for final checks before handover.
Its livery includes some 10,000 individual dots on the tailfin to produce the effect of the Union flag. "This was a difficult task. You can imagine someone had to peel off the thousands of little dots from a stencil," says A380 paint-shop senior manager Christoph Hettwer. "But now it's finished it looks great." BA will use the aircraft on short-haul routes for training before putting it into service on the Los Angeles and Hong Kong routes in October-November.