A380 will visit London Heathrow on May 18 to conduct airport and ground handling compatibility checks. LHR likely will be the aircraft's first European destination, according to Airbus. It will park at the airport's new 280-m.-long, three-story Pier 6 at Terminal 3. The pier is designed to accommodate up to four A380s simultaneously and seat 2,200 passengers at four gates. Singapore Airlines, Emirates, Malaysia Airlines, Qantas, Qatar Airways and Virgin Atlantic plan to operate the A380 at LHR.

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