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Airbus A380

The Airbus A380 is a fascinating piece of aviation technology. Find out spec about this type of plane, features of the A380 cabin and which airlines use the A380.

About the Airbus A380

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The Airbus A380 is a jet airliner created and manufactured by the company Airbus. It is a double-deck, wide body jet aircraft, with four engines and is currently the biggest passenger airplane in the world. Because of its huge size, any airports which operates services with it had to upgrade its facilities to accommodate it.

This aircraft was created to challenge the Dreamliner and other prolific aircraft models created by competitor Boeing. It made its first flight on the 27 abril 2005, and completed its first commercial flight on 25 octubre 2007 with the airline Singapore Airlines.

Technical Spec of the A380

 

Range 15,200km
Length 72.72m
Height 24.09m
Wing Span 79.75m
Track 14.34m
Wheelbase 31.88m
Cabin Floor Space 550 square metres
Max. Cabin Width (Main Deck) 6.54m
Max. Cabin Width (Upper Deck) 5.8m
Cabin Length 49.9m
Max. Fuel Capacity 320,000 litres
Max. Take Off Weight 575 tonnes
Max. Landing Weight 394 tonnes
Max. Zero Fuel Weight 369 tonnes
Max. Possible Passenger Seats 853
Average Passenger Seats 575 (4-class)
Cockpit Crew 2

 

Passenger Features of theA380

Quiet

The Airbus A380 is famous for its operating silence. It has much quieter engines and systems, which give passengers peace to enjoy their journey or relax and have an undisturbed sleep.

Long Routes

Its large flying range of over 15,000km means that its used on some of the longest non-stop flights on the world. Currently, Emirates use it for their Auckland to Dubai service, and Qantas are using it for their Dallas Fort Worth to Sydney service. They also fly shorter routes, with transatlantic flights from Europe to East Coast USA being some of the most popular!

Smooth Flying

The Airbus A380 is also known for having a great anti-turbulence system, meaning passengers enjoy a smoother and more stable journey. This is partly due to the aircraft’s impressive size and weight.

Great Experience

Mood Lighten on the Airbus A380 does more than just create a nice aesthetic. The carefully placed lights allow passengers to adjust to the time zone in their destination and minimise jet lag. Alongside this, the cabin air is refreshed and recycled every 2 minutes to ensure passengers are left feeling fresh throughout the duration of your flight.

Extra Legroom

Even in economy class! With a 32-24 inch seat pitch in economy, going up to 86 inches in first. Economy seats are 18-inch wide, giving a comfortable seat in every class.

Airbus A380 air france first class seating

Photo Credit: Andy Mitchell

 

Entertainment

The Airbus A380 is one of the aircraft to include a tail camera which passengers can view in their in-flight entertainment system.

Environment

The Airbus A380 is one of the worlds most environmentally friendly aircraft, with carbon emissions amounting at just 75g per passenger per km, which is 17% less than its competitor. With its quiet aircraft, it also meets standards for operation in some of the most noise-sensitive airports in the world. Furthermore, the greater capacity of the plane means that more passengers are transported one less aircraft.

Additional Features

On the A380, there is so much room that there is even room for an onboard bar! This is available with Emirates, Korean Air, Virgin Atlantic and Qatar Airways and often only available to First and Business class passengers. Some airlines even include showers so you can freshen up above the clouds. In addition, airlines such as Etihad and Singapore Airlines have created luxury living spaces such as apartments which includes private sofas or double beds.

Emirates onboard bar A380

Photo Credit: Brussels Airport

 

Which airlines use the A380?

 

Although the primary users of the Airbus A380 are Emirates, Singapore Airlines, Lufthansa, Qantas, there are other airlines that use this aircraft. Emirates, however, have the most A380s in their fleet, totalling 94 with another 12 on order. The airlines that currently have A380s in their fleet are:

  • Air France
  • Asiana Airlines
  • British Airways
  • China Southern Airlines
  • Emirates
  • Etihad Airways
  • Korean Air
  • Lufthansa
  • Malaysia Airlines
  • Qantas
  • Qatar Airways
  • Singapore Airlines
  • Thai Airways International

 

Lufthansa Airbus A380 aircraft

 

Where does the Airbus A380 fly?

 

Destination Airlines that Fly there
Abidjan Air France
Abu Dhabi Etihad Airways
Amsterdam Emirates
Atlanta Korean Air
Auckland Emirates, Singapore Airlines
Bangkok Asiana Airlines, Emirates, Lufthansa, Qatar Airways, Thai Airways
Barcelona Emirates
Beijing China Southern Airlines, Emirates, Lufthansa, Singapore Airlines
Birmingham Emirates
Boston British Airways
Brisbane Emirates
Casablanca Emirates
Chengdu China Southern Airlines
Christchurch Emirates
Copenhagen Emirates
Dallas Emirates, Qantas
Delhi Lufthansa, Singapore Airlines
Doha Emirates, Qatar Airways
Dubai Emirates, Qantas
Dusseldorf Emirates
Frankfurt Asiana Airlines, Emirates, Lufthansa, Singapore Airlines, Thai Airways
Guangzhou China Southern Airlines, Emirates, Qatar Airways
Hong Kong Air France, Asiana Airlines, British Airways, Emirates, Lufthansa, Malaysia Airlines, Qantas, Singapore Airlines, Thai Airways
Houston Emirates, Lufthansa
Jeddah Emirates
Johannesburg Air France, British Airways, Emirates
Kuala Lumpur Emirates, Malaysia Airlines
Kuwait Emirates
London British Airways, Emirates, Etihad, Korean Air, Malaysia Airlines, Qantas, Qatar Airways, Singapore Airlines, Thai Airways
Los Angeles Air France, Asiana Airlines, British Airways, China Southern Airlines, Korean Air, Lufthansa, Qantas
Madrid Emirates
Manchester Emirates
Mauritius Emirates
Melbourne Emirates, Etihad, Qantas, Qatar Airways, Singapore Airlines
Mexico Air France
Miami British Airways, Lufthansa
Milan Emirates
Moscow Emirates
Mumbai Emirates, Etihad, Singapore Airlines
Munich Emirates, Lufthansa
New York Air France, Asiana Airlines, Emirates, Etihad, Korean Air, Lufthansa
Nice Emirates
Osaka Thai Airways
Paris Air France, Emirates, Etihad, Korean Air, Qatar Airways, Singapore Airlines, Thai Airways
Perth Emirates
Prague Emirates
Rome Emirates
San Francisco Air France, British Airways, Emirates, Lufthansa
São Paulo Emirates
Seoul Asiana Airlines, Emirates, Korean Air, Lufthansa
Shanghai Air France, Emirates, Lufthansa, Singapore Airlines
Singapore British Airways, Emirates, Lufthansa, Qantas, Singapore Airlines
Sydney Asiana Airlines, China Southern Airlines, Emirates, Etihad, Korean Air, Qantas, Qatar Airways, Singapore Airlines
Taipei Emirates, Korean Air
Tokyo Emirates, Thai Airways
Toronto Emirates
Vancouver British Airways
Vienna Emirates
Washington Air France, British Airways, Emirates
Zurich Emirates, Singapore Airlines

 

Airbus A380
FAQs

How many Airbus A380 are there in service?

As of diciembre 2017, there were 222 A380s in service, but there are more on order by many airlines.

How much does Airbus A380 cost?

The asking price of an Airbus A380 is $428 million dollars. Luckily, it’s not so expensive to buy a ticket on a plane flying the Airbus A380. Price depends on where and when you are travelling, as there are cheaper times to fly during the year, as discovered in our cheapest day to buy flights blog. If also depends what class you are flying in, as Economy will be a lot cheaper than Business or First as there are fewer luxuries.

How many passengers does Airbus A380 carry?

The passenger capacity of the Airbus A380 depends on the setup and layout of the plane. This is because first class and business class seats take up more room, so if there are larger sections for first and business class, there will be a lower capacity. However, the maximum possible passenger capacity on the Airbus A380 is 853, with many airlines opting for the standard set up giving 575 seats.

Which is bigger Airbus A380 or 787?

The A380 is the biggest world’s biggest aircraft, in height, width, wingspan, capacity, weight and power. However, the Boeing 787 is a longer model. This still makes the Airbus A380 bigger than the 787.

Can Airbus A380 land in India?

Yes, the Airbus A380 can land in India and flies to airports which have been equipped to accommodate the aircraft; New Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore and Hyderabad. This, however, has not always been the case. Until 2014, the A380 could not land in India due to policies in place by the Indian government, due to worry foreign airlines may damage the profits of Air India. However this ban was lifted and A380 began service in India.