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The world's largest passenger plane, the Airbus A380, will arrive at Manston Airport today.
Pilots and crew will train on the double decker plane at the Kent site before it goes into service later this year.
Manston Airport in Kent has taken one flight diverted from Heathrow because of the Dreamliner incident. It is on standby to take more.
The largest commercial aircraft in the world has landed at Heathrow this morning.
The British Airways' A380 will later be moved to Manston in Kent where the aircraft will be based to undertake operations and crew training.
The A380 superjumbo will arrive at Heathrow today before it travels to Kent for training.
British Airways will become the first airline to have an Airbus A380 and will send the aircraft to Manston, in Kent for crew and operations training before going into service,
The engines are powered by Rolls Royce and its wings were built in the UK, the double-decker plane will make its first commerical long-haul flight to LA in September.
Airbus president and chief executive Fabrice Bregie said: "It is a very proud moment for everyone at Airbus to see our A380 in the livery of British Airways."
Manston Airport in Kent assisted with diverted aeroplanes after an emergency landing at Heathrow which closed all runways at the London airport for a period of time.
The airfield in Thanet hosted two diverted British Airways A320 aircrafts.
Manston Airport staff said the first diverted plane was one which had been heading from Helsinki in Finland to Heathrow; while the second was a flight from Budapest in Hungary.
The Chief Executive of Manston Airport, Charles Buchanan thanked his staff for their contributions to the operation:
“I’d just like to thank all the team at Manston who handled these two flights, as well as the passengers arriving and departing on the scheduled KLM service to and from Schiphol, Amsterdam this morning.”
Officials at Manston said that both flights would return to Heathrow after permission is granted by London Air Traffic Control.
A new era for air travel has dawned in the South East - with the first flight from Manston to Amsterdam. And from there, travellers will be able to take connecting flights to destinations around the world. Fred and Amanda link to David Johns.
David Johns has our report on the new services from Manston Airport in Kent to Amsterdam. His piece includes an interview with Henri Hourcade, KLM.
Today sees the first KLM flight from Manston in Kent to the Netherlands. Passengers can travel to Amsterdam and from there to many other world-wide destinations.