THE world’s biggest airliner, which was part-built at Airbus’ Broughton factory, has touched down at Manchester Airport for the first time.

More than 10,000 visitors flocked to see the iconic A380 517-seat super jumbo make the first of what is set to become a daily scheduled service.

Workers at the Broughton factory are involved in the production and assembly of the plane’s wings.

Maurice Flanagan, executive vice-chairman for Emirates Airline and Group, who arrived at Manchester on the flight, said: “This is a historic moment for Emirates as we bring our 21st century superjumbo to the north west 20 years after our first flight
from the region.”

The flight touched down at Manchester at 12.25pm on Wednesday and left a few hours later packed with passengers, breaking the airport’s record for the largest number of passengers ever to depart on a single scheduled flight.

The A380 is the world’s only twin-deck airliner and is the most environmentally-advanced aircraft in the sky today.

It offers better fuel economy than most hybrid passenger cars and burns up to 20 per cent less fuel per seat than today’s next largest aircraft.

It is also generates less than half the noise of other aircrafts on take-off.