The building of British Airways’ first Airbus A380 superjumbo aircraft has reached a major milestone, with the installation of the four giant Rolls-Royce Trent 900 engines.
The engines, which each produce 70,000 lbs of thrust, were attached to aircraft ‘MSN095’, the first of 12 A380s the airline has on order.
The aircraft is due to be delivered to British Airways in July next year.
British Airways’ director of engineering, Garry Copeland, said: “We are delighted to see the aircraft taking shape, and can’t wait for it to join the British Airways fleet.
“This delivery is the latest step in a huge investment to upgrade the fleet and improve the in-flight experience for our customers.”
Having been constructed at Rolls-Royce Derby plant, the engines were transported to Toulouse via road and ferry.
Each engine, weighing six tonnes and with a diameter measuring almost ten feet, took a team of five Airbus engineers to install.
These aircraft, form part of a £5bn investment by British Airways in new aircraft, smarter cabins, elegant lounges, and new technologies to make life more comfortable in the air and on the ground.