The last-production A380 superjumbo completes its first flight


Two years after Airbus announced the end of its A380 production, the final superjumbo has taken flight for the first time.

Aircraft MSN 272, the last A380 to be built, completed its first flight in France on Wednesday, sporting Emirates colours on the tail.

Departing its Toulouse base around 1pm, the pilot of the A380 made a low pass and performed a wing-wave, before heading towards Germany at a cruising altitude of 43,000 feet.

Weighing more than 500 tonnes, Airbus's A380 consists of more than four million parts and has a wingspan of almost 80 metres. Emirates's fleet has 115 A380s and has been flying them for 13 years.

The airline turned the double-decker jet into a luxury flying machine, with private suites, shower spas and a communal bar.

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