The first Airbus A380 performed its maiden flight on April 27, 2005, just over three months after rolling out of the manufacturer’s plant at Toulouse Blagnac International Airport on January 18, 2005. The “Superjumbo”, registered F-WWOW and powered by Rolls Royce Trent 900 engines, took-off at 10:29 local time (8:29 GMT) and landed thee hours and 54 minutes later at 14:23 local time (12:23 GMT). The pilots-in-command were Claude Lelaie, Senior Vice President Flight Division, and Jacques Rosay, Chief Test Pilot and Vice President.

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