The world’s biggest passenger aircraft, the new Airbus A380, will begin flying from Heathrow on March 18.

The Singapore Airlines ‘superjumbo’ will fly into London from Singapore at 15.05 on Tuesday March 18 and depart the same evening at 18.55, beginning a regular daily service.

Heathrow will be only the third airport to handle the A380 on commercial flights after Singapore and Sydney.

Singapore Airlines UK and Ireland general manager Marvin Tan said: “This will be a proud moment not only for Singapore Airlines but for British aviation.”

The aircraft’s wings are made in Broughton and Filton and the engines by Rolls Royce.

The A380 will carry 471 passengers, with 12 in first-class suites boasting a double bed and 60 in business class.

From the following day, March 19, services will depart Heathrow at 11.00 – before moving to 11.55 for the summer schedule from March 31.

Singapore Airlines will remain the exclusive operator of the A380 until the summer. Passengers seeking a seat on the inaugural flight should contact their travel agent or visit singaporeair.com