Worlds biggest airplane lands in North West

More than seven thousand people watched as the worlds largest plane touched down in Manchester this afternoon.

Manchester Airport has welcomed its first Airbus A380 superjumbo - the world's largest passenger plane.

Dubai-based airline Emirates flew the 500-seat aircraft into Manchester at the start of its daily services between Dubai and the North.

Emirates has been operating the A380, whose wings are made in the UK, into Heathrow but this is the first time a regional UK airport has received one.

Ian Godden, chairman of aerospace, defence and security trade organisation ADS, said: ``The UK aerospace sector is number one in Europe and second only to the US globally. The Airbus A380 is an embodiment of this success.

``Up to half of the aircraft is made in Britain with major contributions from many world-leading British-based companies of all sizes.''