British Airways has taken delivery of its third A380

G-XLEC took off from the Airbus factory in Toulouse late in the afternoon on Friday 18 October and was due to touch down at 6pm at Heathrow.

The take-off from Toulouse (left) was captured by a photographer from Airbus.

The arrival of the latest super-jumbo comes ahead of the inaugural A380 flight to Hong Kong on Tuesday 22 October