The first flight of the world's biggest passenger plane, the part-British built Airbus A380 superjumbo, has been delayed.

There is now a chance that the 555-seater giant plane will not be able to fly --as scheduled - at the prestigious Paris Air Show in mid-June.

Airbus originally said that the A380, whose wings are built at Airbus UK's facility at Broughton, North Wales, would fly for the first time by the end of March.

This date was put back to late March or April and has now slipped further to the second half of April.

A spokeswoman for Toulouse-based Airbus said: "The plane is now in the hands of the flight test crew and the flight is going to take place in the second half of this month.

"The plane will definitely be on display at the Paris show but we have not yet decided whether it will fly at the show."