Airbus A380 "The Whale"

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The Airbus A380 is the world's largest passenger airliner, a wide-body aircraft manufactured by Airbus

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The Airbus A380 is the world's largest passenger airliner, a wide-body aircraft manufactured by Airbus.

 

Airbus A380 The Whale

Design/Development

Nicknamed Superjumbo,[91] the first A380, MSN003 (registered as 9V-SKA), was delivered to Singapore Airlines on 15 October 2007 and entered service on 25 October 2007 with flight number SQ380 between Singapore and Sydney.[92] Passengers bought seats in a charity online auction paying between $560 and $100,380.[93] Two months later, Singapore Airlines CEO Chew Choong Seng stated the A380 was performing better than either the airline or Airbus had anticipated, burning 20% less fuel per seat-mile than the airline's 747–400 fleet.[94] Emirates' Tim Clark claimed that the A380 has better fuel economy at Mach 0.86 than at 0.83, and that its technical dispatch reliability is at 97%, the same as Singapore Airlines. Airbus is committed to reach the industry standard of 98.5%.

 

Emirates was the second airline to receive the A380 and commenced service between Dubai and New York in August 2008. Qantas followed, with flights between Melbourne and Los Angeles in October 2008.[99] By the end of 2008, 890,000 passengers had flown on 2,200 flights

 

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The Airbus A380 is the world's largest passenger airliner, a wide-body aircraft manufactured by Airbus. 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 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. It obtained its EASA and FAA type certificates on 12 December 2006. Difficulties in electrical wiring caused a two-year delay and the development cost ballooned to €18 billion.

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Airbus A380 "The Whale"

The full-length double-deck aircraft has a typical seating capacity of 525, though it is certified for up to 853 passengers. It is powered by four Engine Alliance GP7200 or Rolls-Royce Trent 900 turbofans providing a range of 8,000 nmi (14,800 km). As of February 2019, Airbus has received 290 firm orders and delivered 234 aircraft; Emirates is the biggest A380 customer with 123 ordered, of which 109 have been delivered.

  • History

    Role Wide-body airliner

    National origin Multi-national[a]

    Manufacturer Airbus

    First flight 27 April 2005

    Introduction 25 October 2007 with Singapore Airlines

     

  • Primary User

    Status In production

    Primary users Emirates

    Singapore Airlines

    Lufthansa

    British Airways

     

  • Variants

    Produced 2003–present

    Number built 234 as of 28 February 2019

    Program cost €15 billion (Airbus 2015)[3] to €25 billion (2016 estimate)

     

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