BA's behemoth of the skies lands at Shannon
A British Airways Airbus A380 double-decker jet touched down at Shannon Airport yesterday – the first time the world's largest passenger aircraft has landed there.
The visit was part of on-going flight testing and familiarisation by the airline's pilots as the carrier, headed by Willie Walsh, gears up to start using the aircraft for the first time in its schedule.
BA will launch flights between London and Los Angeles in September using the aircraft. British Airways needs to log a number of flights in short-haul sectors before it can commence long-haul services. The flight to Shannon was one that's helping crew to test the ability of airports in Ireland and the UK to handle the massive aircraft in the event of a diversion.