It sounds a lot like the knight in shiny armour, but here it is: the first A380 in its shiny livery rolled out of the Airbus plant in Hamburg, Germany, on 27 March 2014. The aircraft will now go through completion of its cabin and enter a final phase of ground and flight tests.
Those will include all cabin systems, including air flow and air conditioning, lighting, galleys, lavatories, seats and in-flight entertainment systems. In parallel, Airbus will also undertake advanced performance tests with the aircraft before it flies back to Toulouse in France for preparation of its delivery to the airline in the second quarter of this year. Asiana Airlines has firm orders for six A380s and will operate the aircraft from Seoul initially on regional services in Asia followed by long-haul routes to the USA.