Fans of aviation turned out in force to welcome BA’s first A380 to Cardiff Airport this morning, as it flew into the airport ahead of beginning long-haul flying this September.
It marked the first time that a superjumbo, the world’s largest passenger aircraft, has ever flown into the airport.

The visit helped demonstrate Cardiff Airport and NATS’ ability to handle the aircraft in the event of a diversion, as well as building the pilots’ flight training hours. In addition, colleagues were offered the chance to view the modern interiors of the newest member of the fleet.

Flying the A380 into the Welsh capital, British Airways’ captain Dave Thomas said: “I grew up in Wales, and it has been a pleasure to fly home to Cardiff to show off this exciting aircraft and all the benefits it offers customers. People can’t believe how quiet it is, and how smoothly it operates. I felt immensely proud flying into Cardiff, especially seeing the crowds that had gathered to welcome us.”

The aircraft is also scheduled to make a series of visits to London Stansted, Shannon and London Gatwick.