Airbus A380 visits Heathrow and TouchPCs assist re-fuelling

The world's largest passenger aircraft, the Airbus 380, has touched down at Heathrow Airport on its first visit to the UK.

On its way to extensive examinations at Heathrow's testing facilities in the next few days, the aircraft dipped its wings over the factories that made them in Broughton, Flintshire and Filton in Bristol.

At 240 feet long and 80 feet high, the Airbus, was flown by British test pilot Ed Strongman en route from its star spot at the Berlin Air Show, and wowed large crowds of British aviation fanatics gathered at Heathrow.

On landing the aircraft was re-fuelled by commercial operator AFS, using TouchPC units. Furthermore, Rolls Royce also utilise TouchPC units to assist in the calibration of the aircraft's engines.

Chancellor Gordon Brown, who was at Heathrow to welcome the Airbus 380 to Britain, congratulated the aviation industry and the British workers who had helped make the aircraft, which he described as "one of the great commercial success stories of our time".

The Airbus 380 is expected to enter into commercial service in December this year, when it will fly on the 'kangaroo' route between London, Singapore and Sydney.

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