Work has started on British Airways’ new fleet of Airbus A380s, Travel Weekly reports.

The 12 double-decker planes, which “are the largest civil aircraft ever made”, have been commissioned by the carrier to help it realise its goal in offering more long-haul flights.

Each “superjumbo” can accommodate 853 passengers and will operate out of Heathrow – though the routes are yet to be confirmed.

BA is investing £5 billion in refurbishing its fleet; increasing the capacity of many planes to counter the limiting number of landing slots at Heathrow, while still increasing passenger numbers.

The investment also includes the purchase of 24 Boeing 787 Dreamliners, which independent.co.uk claims makes BA the first carrier to own both types of craft and will give flight tracker enthusiasts 36 new craft to look out for.

Keith Williams, BA’s chief executive, enthused about project’s commencement: “We’re really excited that work has started on building the first of our 12 Airbus A380s.

“They represent a significant part of a huge investment by British Airways of £5 billion over the next five years in new aircraft, smarter cabins, elegant lounges and new technologies to make life more comfortable in the air and on the ground.”

Parts for the Airbus A380s will be constructed across the world, featuring engines from Rolls-Royce in Derbyshire. The fleet should be ready for delivery at some point next year.

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