Last weekend, the first fully painted Airbus A380 for British Airways rolled out of the Airbus’ paint shop in Hamburg. The Rolls-Royce Trent 900-powered aircraft has 469 seats and will be flown to Toulouse for final checks before handover.
The livery is the first of 12 A380s for British Airways that are scheduled to be delivered in July. The aircraft will initially be used on shorter training flights before being used for long haul services to Hong Kong and Los Angeles starting in October and November.
Apparently, it took some 10,000 individual dots on the tailfin to produce the Union flag and some lucky worker had to peel off the thousands of little dots from a stencil.
Source: The Bangalore Aviation blog