Airbus has confirmed that British Airways' first A380 will be displayed during the Paris air show which begins on 17 June.

Flightglobal reported in March that the airframer was in discussions with the carrier to bring the aircraft to the show, having previously done the same with a Korean Air and Malaysia Airlines A380.

BA is due to take delivery of its first A380, configured with 469 seats, in July. The aircraft is powered by Rolls-Royce Trent 900 engines.

Airbus says that the aircraft "will take centre stage during the first few days of the show", to be follow by one of the airframer's flight-test aircraft.

It is using the type to promote a new advertising campaign under the banner "Own the Sky".

Airbus's air transport presence at the Paris show will be underpinned by an A320 fitted with sharklet wing-tips, an A330 and a corporate ACJ318.

While the manufacturer will be showing a full-sized A350 cockpit and cabin section, Airbus has not indicated whether the initial test aircraft is likely to carry out its first flight before the show.

Source: Air Transport Intelligence news