April 27, 2015
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Wherever it flies, the A380 continues to be an impressive sight as the jetliner’s route network expands to a growing number of destinations around the globe.
Ten years after the first take-off on 27 April 2005, Airbus’ A380 has clearly established itself as the world’s favourite Very Large Aircraft (VLA) – with the 317 orders booked from 18 customers, representing a 90 per cent share of this market.
A380 first flight with EA engines
The A380’s track record is as remarkable as the jetliner’s distinctive profile, transporting nearly three million passengers every month on some 200 flights performed in daily service with its 13 current operators.
Emirates is the fleet leader, having received its 60th A380 this month – with deliveries pending for 80 more. The other operators flying A380s today are Air France, Asiana Airlines, British Airways, China Southern Airlines, Etihad, Korean Air, Lufthansa, Malaysia Airlines, Qantas, Qatar Airways, Singapore Airlines and Thai Airways International (THAI).
The A380 performing ground tests
Utilising Airbus innovation to meet the global market’s ever-changing needs, A380s are creating better, more efficient ways for airlines and passengers to fly. Compared to its nearest Very Large Aircraft competitor, the A380 has more range, uses shorter runways and offers more revenue with up to 50 per cent more seats – all while being quieter, both inside and out.
The A380 cutaway and description (Click on the image for enlarge)
Learn more: A380 Family
Since beginning commercial operations in 2007, Airbus' 21st century flagship jetliner has earned its place as the airline sector's new "queen of the skies": http://www.airbus.com/aircraftfamilies/passengeraircraft/a380family/
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Images, Text, Credit: Airbus.