Inside the largest planes ever to fly the skies – the dimensions, fuel consumption, innovations, and more.
Etihad Airways’ first A380 will operate commercially to London Heathrow from December 2014.
A second A380 will operate on the same route from Q1 2015, with more to follow on long routes to Sydney, Australia, and New York, US.
The Abu Dhabi airline’s A380s are set to be the world’s most luxurious commercial airplanes, decked out with butler-serviced apartments and some of the highest-spec interiors ever to hit the skies.
Inside the A380
The A380’s main deck cabin is wider than any airliner in service today, allowing for more spacious seats and aisles – along with open spaces and access to additional amenities such as business centres, bars, and social areas.
With its standard 18.5-inch wide seat in economy, as well as the latest options in business and first classes, the A380 extends a wide-body experience to all passengers. Coupled with its optimal cabin height, this considerable size advantage provides more personal storage, better headroom, and wider stairs.
Overall comfort is enhanced by a number of additional technologies equipped on Airbus’ A380, including advanced lighting systems and new standards of in-flight entertainment.
Cabin air is recycled every three minutes to keep the atmosphere fresh, while natural light is provided by 220 cabin windows. Four high-level air outlets – as opposed to the industry standard of two – keep customers refreshed during flight.
Greener, cleaner and quieter – the two-deck A380 is unrivalled in terms of aircraft performance and comfort.
Range: 15,700 km
Overall length: 72.72 m
Cabin length: Main deck, 49.90 m; Upper deck, 44.93 m.
Height: 24.09 m
Wing span: 79.75 m
Typical seating: 525 guests(three classes)
Wheelbase: 31.88 m
Maximum take off weight: 560 tonnes
Maximum fuel capacity: 320,000 litres
With fuel efficiency as low as 3.1 litres per 100 passenger kilometres, the Airbus A380 is one of the most environmentally advanced aircraft in the sky.
The A380 only produces about 75 grams of CO2 per passenger kilometre – which is well below both current and anticipated future international limits, despite the aircraft’s extended range of up to 15,700 km.
As of April 2013, the A380 network covers nine out of the world’s top 10 international airports, and encompasses major hubs including: London-Heathrow; Paris-Charles de Gaulle; New York; Hong Kong; Frankfurt; Dubai; Amsterdam; Bangkok; Singapore and Tokyo; along with destinations such as Washington, D.C., Moscow, Rome, Manchester, Munich, Zurich, Toronto and other cities.