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Flying on the A380

A380, New generation New experience – The most advanced, spacious and eco-efficient airliner in service today.

Airbus have created the world’s largest passenger airliner with this double-deck, wide-body, four-engine jet aircraft.

The aim of the A380 was to design an airliner for 21st century growth. Previously long haul airliners carried passengers on a single twin aisle deck. Following the development of the 747, the upper deck grew slightly to increase passenger numbers but there had never been a true double-decker aircraft.This Super-Jumbo Jet offers 40 per cent more capacity and the lowest seat mile costs in its class. Inside the cabin it is the quietest and most spacious in the sky and with 18.5 inch standard seat width in economy, it is no wonder passengers opt for the comfort of this aircraft when given the choice.

Lufthansa A380 being assembled

Lufthansa A380 being assembled

For airlines it means higher market share, higher load factors and higher revenues. All this allows an airline to increase their contribution to profit by up to 50 per cent per flight.
Although we have yet to fly on this aircraft we have visited the assembly line at Airbus, seen it being put together and were able to look around the sixth Thai Airways A380 before it was delivered.
The space available for passengers is huge – from the baggage storage to the seating and airlines can provide lounge or meeting areas as well as duty free shops onboard. It’s good to see Airbus being pro-passenger, the aircraft manufacturer recommends the larger 18.5 inch width seats for Economy Class passengers to its airline customers.

The A380 today

  • 157 A380 aircraft have been delivered to ten operators (2 to Asiana Airlines, 12 to Lufthansa, 10 to Air France, 58 to Emirates, 12 to Qantas, 19 to Singapore Airlines, 10 to Korean Air, 5 to China Southern Airlines, 8 to Malaysia Airlines, 6 to Thai Airways, 8 to British Airways, 1 to Etihad Airways, 4 to Qatar Airways).*
  • Total firm orders stand at 317 aircraft from 20 customers.
  • The first flight took place in Toulouse on 27 April 2005
  • It first entered into commercial service with Singapore Airlines in October 2007
  • Some 150 flights are performed each day by this type of airliner around the world, and 5 million passengers fly on these aircraft each month.
  • The world fleet has accumulated one million revenue flight hours in 122,000 commercial flights and more than 44 million passengers have already flown on the aircraft
  • One of these Super Jumbos  takes off or lands in the world every 6 minutes.
  • This airliner is already airport proven with 150 small and large airports visited to date. It uses existing ground handling equipment yet ensures a short turnaround time
Airbus A380 first flight

The first flight

  • The A380 Family starts from a baseline passenger aircraft with a capacity of 525 passengers in three classes, and a range of 15,300 km / 8,300 nm (more than 1,000nm than the 747, 500 nm more than the 747-8).
A380 love campaign

The love for the A380

  • The total cabin surface area is 550 m2, with two separate, full-length widebody cabins:
    • Main Deck (MD) cabin, the widest of any airliner, is 20” (51cm) wider than the B747 cabin
    • Upper Deck (UD) cabin, the first full widebody UD cabin ever, is 71” (180cm) wider than the B747 cabin:

=> 50% more useable floor area with 40% more passengers

  • The quietest cabin in the sky – lowest cabin noise of any existing passenger aircraft. The cabin is about 5dBSIL3* quieter than the 747 cabin
  • Larger stowage bins – 15% more bin volume per passenger in economy class

 Airbus A380 Economy Cabin

Airbus A380 Economy Cabin

  • This aircraft offers unmatched fuel efficiency, thus reducing the CO2 footprint of each passenger (fuel consumption: less than 3 litres/pax/100km in a typical 3 class configuration – 525 seats). The 747-400 has 20% higher Fuel Burn/seat than the A380.




* as of January 2015