Are you curious about what travelling in an Airbus A380-800 is like? In the article below, you can discover everything you need to know about the largest passenger plane in the world. Read on!
Airbus A380-800 – a cut above the rest
People who’ve flown in an Airbus A380-80 before will know what an amazing plane it is. In comparison with their immediate competition (Boeing 747), the A380 has 49% more floor space, while the capacity is only 35% higher. This means that the chairs and aisles are wider, which means that as a traveller in an Airbus A380-800, you’ll be travelling in greater comfort than in other passenger planes of the same class. It’s logical, therefore, that well-known airlines such as Air France, British Airways and Emirates include this plane as part of their fleets.
Airbus A380 general facts and figures
The European company Airbus began developing a very large passenger plane at the start of the 90s. It wasn’t until January 18 2005 that the wide-bodied, two-storey aeroplane was officially unveiled in the French city of Toulouse, where Airbus’ headquarters are based.
The first test flight of an Airbus A380-800 also took place in Toulouse, 3 months later on April 27 2005 The certificate for airworthiness was awarded on December 12 2006, after which deliveries could be started.
However, Airbus postponed deliveries several times, and it was eventually Singapore Airlines who received the first Airbus A380-800. Ownership of the plane was officially transferred to the airline on October 15 2007, and on October 25 that same year the plane made its first commercial flight. The plane flew from Singapore to Sydney, and the flight tickets (which were sold via Ebay) simply flew across the virtual counter.
After Singapore Airlines, Emirates, Qantas and Air France also received the planes they’d ordered. At the end of 2009, Air France was the first European airline to make use of the A380. In 2010, Lufthansa became the second. In 2016, almost half of all ordered or delivered A380s have gone to the airline Emirates.
Go to Dubai with goMICE and the Airbus A380-800
We often organise trips to Dubai for our customers. With a business class ticket you have access to the bar on the top floor of the plane. A fantastic experience!
Airbus A380 Specifications
Length 72.72 m
Wingspan 79.75 m
Height (from ground) 24.09 m
Interior width of main deck: 6.58 m
Upper deck: 5.92 m
544 passenger chairs (4 classes), 853 (1st class)
Weight when empty 275 tonnes/252 tonnes
Wing surface area 845 m²
Max. starting weight 575 tonnes
Max. fuel 320,000 litres
Engines 4 Rolls-Royce Trent 900 or 4 Engines Alliance GP-7200
Max. thrust per engine 311 kN/340 kN
Cruising speed Mach 0.85
Maximum cruising height 13,136 m
Max. range 15,200 km
Max. range with maximum load: 10,400 km
First flight April 27 2005
Number manufactured 182 (delivered up to February 29 2016)
Cost per plane 300 million euros
Special flight with the Airbus A380-800
Nowadays, the A380 flies all over the world. We also make use of the Airbus A380-800 here at goMICE for our business trips, group trips, inspirational trips and sports trips. Depending on your wishes and preferences, you might be flying in an Airbus A380 on your next trip. We would be happy to discuss this in a personal chat with you!
- First flight: April 27 2005 in Toulouse
- First commercial flight: October 25 2007 from Singapore to Sydney
- First transatlantic flight: November 20 2009 from Paris to New York
- First landing at Brussels Airport: June 8 2010
- First landing at Schiphol: July 15 2010
Airbus A380-800 vs Boeing 747
Before the arrival of the Airbus A380, the Boeing 747 was undisputedly the largest passenger plane in the world. The Jumbo Jet had been in a class of its own since 1970. Boeing’s largest competitor threw a spanner in the works with their new plane. The A380 is a ‘better’ passenger plane than the Boeing 747 on a number of fronts.
Both planes are wide-bodied planes. Wide-bodied planes have two or more aisles in the standard passenger configuration. The A380 can transport a maximum of 853 passengers, while the Boeing 747-400 has a maximum capacity of 524. Despite the A380 having a larger capacity, you don’t notice this during your journey. The chairs are more spacious, as are the aisles. The plane produces 50% less noise than the Boeing 747, and the air pressure is also higher than average in the Airbus 380. It’s comparable to a height of 1500 to 2400 metres, and the idea is that both aspects ensure that passengers become less exhausted during the flight. In addition, the Airbus A380 has larger windows, which is ideal for passengers who like to take in the view during the flight.
Airlines with A380s in their fleets
The fact that the A380 is a fine plane to fly in is clear from the airlines which include the Airbus A380 in their fleets. It’s remarkable that not a single American airline makes use of the A380, though that’s of course due to the fact that Boeing is an American company.
These airlines have A380s
- Air Austral
- Air France
- Asiana Airlines
- British Airways
- China Southern Airlines
- Etihad Airways
- Korean Air
- Malaysia Airlines
- Qatar Airways
- Singapore Airlines
- Thai Airways International
- Virgin Atlantic
goMICE also flies with the Airbus A380!
As a travel agency, we’re in the top 5 of business trip partners, so it’s no wonder really that we regularly deal with this enormous passenger plane. We put our heart and soul into pleasing our customers to the greatest extent possible and provide them with unforgettable experiences. Flying in an Airbus A380-800 might just be such an experience. We’d love to organise that for you! Get in touch with us right away.