British Airways’ new Airbus A380 has flown into Shannon Airport ahead of its use on some of the airline's long-haul routes from September.

The double-decker aircraft, which can cater for up to 469 passengers, will be used to fly between London Heathrow and Los Angeles from late September.

Additional A380s will be used on routes to Hong Kong and Johannesburg, from October and February 2014 respectively.

Its visit to Shannon Airport is part of a test by BA to see which airports could cater to the aircraft in the event of a diversion.

It is also an opportunity for pilots to add to their flight training hours.

During its time in Shannon the A380 was photographed alongside BA’s smallest aircraft, the Airbus A318, which operates between London City and New York’s JFK airport.