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Airbus A380
The Whale
"2005"

The Airbus A380 is a wide-body aircraft manufactured by Airbus. It is the world's largest passenger airliner. Airbus studies started in 1988 and the project was announced in 1990 to challenge the dominance of the Boeing 747 in the long haul market.

Airbus A380
The Whale
"2005"

Role Wide-body, double-deck jet airliner

National origin Multi-national

Manufacturer Airbus

First flight 27 April 2005

Introduction 25 October 2007 with Singapore

Status In service

Primary users Emirates

Singapore Airlines / Lufthansa

Produced 2005–present

Number built 226 as of 31 May 2018

Program cost €15 billion (Airbus 2015)to €25 billion (2016 estimate)

Unit cost: US$445.6 million (2018)

 


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The Whale
"2005"

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Airbus A380
The Whale
"2005"

The Airbus A380 is a wide-body aircraft manufactured by Airbus. It is the world’s largest passenger airliner. Airbus studies started in 1988 and the project was announced in 1990 to challenge the dominance of the Boeing 747 in the long haul market. The then-designated A3XX project was presented in 1994; Airbus launched the €9.5 billion ($10.7 billion) A380 programme on 19 December 2000. The first prototype was unveiled in Toulouse on 18 January 2005, with its first flight on 27 April 2005. Difficulties in electrical wiring caused a two-year delay and the development cost ballooned to €18 billion. It obtained its type certificate from the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) and the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) on 12 December 2006.

Design

he A380 was initially offered in two models: the A380-800 and the A380F.

The A380-800’s original configuration carried 555 passengers in a three-class configuration or 853 passengers (538 on the main deck and 315 on the upper deck) in a single-class economy configuration. Then in May 2007, Airbus began marketing a configuration with 30 fewer passengers (525 total in three classes)—traded for 200 nmi (370 km) more range—to better reflect trends in premium-class accommodation. The design range for the A380−800 model is 8,500 nmi (15,700 km); capable of flying from Hong Kong to New York or from Sydney to Istanbul non-stop.

The second model, the A380F freighter, would have carried 150 t (330,000 lb) of cargo over a range of 5,600 nmi (10,400 km). Freighter development was put on hold as Airbus prioritised the passenger version, and all orders for freighters were cancelled.

Operators

 


  • Singapore Airlines (first service on 25 October 2007)
  • Emirates (first service on 1 August 2008)
  • Qantas (first service on 20 October 2008)
  • Korean Air (first service on 17 June 2011)

  • Thai Airways (first service on 6 October 2012)[388] Remark: all A380s to be retired (announced in February 2021).
  • British Airways (first service on 2 August 2013)
  • Asiana Airlines (first service on 13 June 2014)
  • Qatar Airways (first service on 10 October 2014) Remark: half of A380 fleet retired; remaining aircraft to be phased out (announced in January 2021).
  • Etihad Airways (first service on 27 December 2014)[394] Remark: all A380s permanently grounded (announced in May 2021).
  • All Nippon Airways (first service on 24 May 2019)

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Airbus A380 The Whale (2005)

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The fourth test A380 (MSN4) was donated to the Musée de l’air et de l’espace at Le Bourget in 2017.[400] After several months of restoration, it was put on display on the apron in 2018, in close proximity to the museum’s Boeing 747-100, making the museum the first in the world where both superjumbos can be seen together.
Donated by Airbus at the same time as A380 MSN4, the second test A380 was donated to the Aeroscopia museum at Toulouse-Blagnac Airport, Toulouse, along with the first Airbus A320 and an Airbus A340, that had also previously been used by the company for test flights.

Specifications

  • Crew 2

    Passengers 525, max. 853

    Propulsion 4 Turbofan Engines

    Engine Model Engine Alliance GP7270

    Engine Power (each) 332,3 kN

  • Empty Weight 276.800 kg 610.239 lbs

    max. Takeoff Weight 569.000 kg

    max. Landing Weight 391.000 kg

    Wing Span 79,80 m 261 ft 10 in

    Wing Area 845,0 m²

    Length 73,00 m 239 ft 6 in

    Height 24,10 m 79 ft 1 in

    First Flight 27.04.2005

  • Speed 945 km/h 510 kts   587 mph

    Mmo (max. Mach) Mach 0.89

    Service Ceiling 13.106 m

    Range 15.199 km 8.207 NM / 9.444 mi.

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