And just like that, the very final Airbus A380 has been built.
Before newer aircraft took to the sky and the Covid-19 pandemic hit the world, the A380 Airbus was the jewel of the sky for more than 20 years.
Emirates was the last airline to order the A380 passenger jet. It was built at the Airbus production facility in Toulouse, France and was flown as part of its final test flight before it will be handed over to Emirates. The airline currently has 115 A380s in its fleet.
As a tribute to the largest passenger jet for more than 20 years, the test pilots turned their test flight into a spectacular image.
Business Insider reports that the MSN272 departed Hamburg Finkenwerder Airport for a routine test flight on Sunday that lasted nearly five hours, according to Flightradar 24 data. Airbus flight test pilots brought the aircraft up to a top altitude of 43 000 feet as it flew in near-racetrack patterns over Germany and north-western Poland.
One of the final moves performed by the pilots was drawing a heart shape in the sky at 30,000 feet.
Image credit: Airways Magazine