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We’re looking forward to welcoming you and your loved ones to the airport this Christmas and working hard to make sure your trip runs as smoothly as possible. To help with this process, please be aware of the following:
Consider your arrival time
Allow three hours to check-in before a long-haul flight and two hours to check-in before a short-haul flight – and make sure all your travel documents are up-to-date. Please don't turn up significantly early for your flight as this can cause unnecessary congestion in the airport and you may not be able to check in your bags. You can monitor current security waiting times using the Heathrow app and on your flight detail page.
Remove liquids from hand luggage
You can’t take liquids with a capacity over 100ml through security. Liquids under 100ml should be removed from your hand luggage and placed in a single transparent, re-sealable plastic bag of not more than one litre capacity. Each bag must be able to close properly with all the items inside. These bags are available free-of-charge before security. Passengers are strictly limited to one bag of liquids per person.
(“Liquids” includes all drinks and syrups; creams, lotions, oils, perfumes; sprays, shaving foam, deodorants, gels and pastes; soups, jams, preserves, chutneys – and snow globes)
The Airbus A380 is a double-decker, wide-body, four-engine super jumbo jet manufactured by Airbus Industrie – and it’s known as “the flying whale” for a reason…
It’s the world’s largest airliner with nearly 6,000 square feet of usable floor space between its two decks and can carry up to 853 passengers if all seats are economy class.
It has the largest crew of any airliner: a cockpit crew of 3 and up to 21 flight attendants.
Its wings are 54% larger than the wings of a Boeing 747 aircraft and it can carry a whopping 113 more passengers than the 747-400 in a typical seating configuration.
Weighing 1.3 million pounds and with a 261-foot wingspan, the airport runways it uses have to be specially modified to handle it.
It has 4 million individual components, produced by 1,500 companies across 30 different countries
The three layers of paint alone its 4400m2 surface weigh around 500kg. (It takes about two weeks to paint!)
And every Airbus A380 has 330 miles of wiring which, if you laid it out end-to-end, would stretch all the way from Heathrow to Edinburgh.
Welcome back to Heathrow, Airbus A380. An incredible, awe-inspiring machine that we never tire of spotting around the airport.
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