The long-range Airbus A380 is the largest passenger aircraft in the world. Featuring two full length decks, it can fly 14,800 kilometres, carrying up to 853 passengers. Current operators have between 379 and 615 seats on board, with most seating around 500.
First flying on 27 April 2005, it took another two and half years to enter airline service. Singapore Airlines operated the first passenger flight on 25 October 2007 from Singapore to Sydney.
Airbus A380 Video
Following on from the last video about the supersonic Aérospatiale/BAC Concorde, we stay in Europe this time and look at the Airbus A380. This video is put together by Skyships Eng and runs for around 14 minutes. It covers everything you would want to know, with great footage to go with it.
Airbus A380s have four engines, either the Rolls-Royce Trent 900 or the Engine Alliance GP7200. These plus extremely good sound proofing give the aircraft a very quiet passenger cabin. In fact, flying on board is a very smooth and pleasant experience all round.
Flying upstairs is perhaps even more comfortable than the lower deck, what with the extra storage space under the windows. Even economy class passengers get this when they have seats available upstairs, which is great.
Airlines fitted out the Airbus A380 with showers, bars, lounges, a multimedia gallery and more making it the most luxurious aircraft in the sky. As long as you are flying in first class or business class of course!
Airbus A380 Operators
There were just 14 airlines in the world that operated the Airbus A380. All are very well known global carriers, which is not at all surprising considering the US$445.6 million price tag for each aircraft.
Certain airlines like Virgin Atlantic, Skymark Airlines and Air Austral cancelled their orders. Lessors IFLC and Amedeo along with freight carriers FedEx and UPS did the same, while airlines like Kingfisher and Transaero went out of business before taking delivery.
Emirates is the main operator of the Airbus A380, having ordered 123 aircraft. Considering just 251 have been sold, that accounts for almost half of the production run.
Airbus is no longer offering the jet for sale, and there are just a few left in production to deliver to Emirates. At the same time, airlines are finding the A380 is not suitable for economical travel in the 2020s.
Question marks hang over a lot of the rest of the fleet with airlines saying they will be out of service for a couple of years at least. While you will still have a chance to get on board the superjumbo, better do it sooner rather than later.
Have you flown on board an Airbus A380 before? What is it like? Thank you for reading and if you have any comments or questions, please leave them below.
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Singapore Airlines by Rolf Wallner on Airliners.net.
Emirates by Maarten Visser.
Qantas by aviationgirl788 on Instagram.
Air France A380 by Jakkrit Prasertwit on Airliners.net.
Lufthansa by N509FZ.
Korean Air by Aero Icarus.
China Southern by Allen Zhao on Airliners.net.
Malaysia Airlines by Alexander Beltyukov on Airliners.net.
Thai Airways by Toshi Aoki on Airliners.net.
British Airways by Mohd Imran A. G.
Asiana by lasta29.
Qatar Airways by Adrian Pingstone.
Etihad A380 by BriYYZ.
All Nippon Airways Blue by Masakatsu Ukon, Emerald Green by Perry Hoppe on Airliners.net and Orange by Airbus via FlightGlobal.
All images are via Wikimedia Commons apart from Qantas and Orange ANA.