Etihad Airways has a total of 10 Airbus A380s on firm order. The Abu Dhabi-based airline’s first A380 will operate commercially to London Heathrow from December 2014. Four A380s will arrive in 2015, three in 2016 and two in 2017.
As the largest commercial aircraft ever to roam the skies, the double decker A380 offers one of the smoothest, most exciting journeys in the air.
10 standout features of the A380
- Its main deck cabin is wider than any airliner in service today, allowing for more spacious seats and aisles.
- The A380 is the first commercial aircraft to feature open spaces and access to additional amenities, such as business centres, bars, and social areas.
- Despite having almost 50 per cent more floor space and 60 per cent more headroom than the Boeing 747-400, the A380 is 50 per cent quieter on take off.
- Cabin air is recycled every three minutes to keep the atmosphere fresh.
- 220 cabin windows provide natural light on the A380 – more than any other aircraft on the market.
- The A380 typically pressurises its cabin to the equivalent of a 6,000-foot altitude. This greater air pressure helps reduce dehydration.
- The long-range A380 can travel an impressive 8,300 nautical miles without refuelling, allowing the aircraft to leapfrog hub airports.
- The A380 is the world’s greenest commercial plane, with the lowest cost per seat and the lowest emissions per passenger of any large aircraft.
- The A380’s cockpit features the latest advances in cockpit technology, including larger interactive displays, an advanced flight management system and improved navigation modes.
- Airbus introduced its Brake to Vacate technology on the A380, which allows the flight crew to more effectively manage the approach and landing and to pre-select the optimum runway exit. This can reduce runway occupancy time by up to 30 per cent – significantly increasing the number of aircraft that can be handled by the world’s airports.