Airbus’ 21st century flagship A380 is a double-deck, wide-body, four-engine jet airliner manufactured by European Union manufacturer Airbus.It is the world’s largest passenger airliner. The plane is so big so the airports at which it operates have upgraded facilities to accommodate it. A380-800’s cabin is 550 square metres (5,920 sq ft) of usable floor space, this is 40% more than the next largest airliner, the Boeing 747-8, and provides seating for 525 people in a typical three-class configuration or up to 853 people in an all-economy class configuration.
FYI: The Boeing’s 747-8 is the longest passenger aircraft in the world
Who affords it?
As of September 2016, Airbus had received 319 orders and delivered 195 aircraft. Emirates is the biggest A380 customer with 142 ordered of which 83 have been delivered. Thai Airways International, British Airways, Qantas, Asiana Airlines, Qatar Airways, Etihad Airways and Air France are other operators.
Components and Suppliers
A380 components are provided by suppliers from around the world. the four largest contributors, by value, are Rolls-Royce, Safran, United Technologies and General Electric.
The front and rear fuselage sections are shipped on one of three RORO ships from Hamburg in northern Germany to the United Kingdom.
The wings are manufactured at Broughton in North Wales, then transported by barge to Mostyn docks for ship transport.
The belly and tail sections are manufactured in Cádiz in southern Spain.
The shortest regular commercial route that the A380 flies is from Dubai International Airport to Kuwait International Airport (861 km or 535 miles great circle distance) with Emirates,although Air France briefly operated the A380 on the much shorter Paris-Charles de Gaulle to London-Heathrow route (344 km or 214 miles) in mid-2010. The longest A380 route and the second longest non-stop commercial flight in the world is Qantas’ service from Sydney International Airport to Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport at 13,804 kilometres (8,577 mi). After the introduction of A380 and Boeing’s 787 variants. The aviation industry is having a boom. If you are unclear about Cabin and Check in baggage read my post What is Cabin and Check-in baggage?.
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