The official launching of the biggest plane in the world, Airbus A380 took place in January in 2009, at the company’s place whose headquarters are in Toulouse. Airbus A380, largest airplane is the world’s first full double-deck passenger aircraft. The first flight was Toulouse, France on 27 April 2005 and the first transatlantic one was to Colombia on January 2006. The investment made in order to produce Airbus A380, which was a response to the Boeing 747 amounted to $12.2 billion. There are currently two versions of Airbus A380 available – the 550-seat passenger version and a freighter, the Airbus A380F, with stretched versions of both planned. Its capacity is of 853 passengers, where 396 are on business class. It has overcome all the previous airplanes ever built, due to its interior design and specifications.As its structure is concerned, access through the plane is made through different jet bridges and the two traveling business and economy class are situated on separate floors. A long staircase makes the access possible between the two decks. Comfort is visible even for economy class inside Airbus A380. Premium passengers are dedicated the upper-deck of the jet. All the beds, no matter the traveling class can be turned into full-sized beds (190 cm in length), equipped with both pillow and matress. Moreover, if traveling on first class, then you will have your own mini-bar. If you want to take a shower, then you can choose one of the two shower cabins, but watch out, water is available only for five minutes. What’s more, you have to book them one hour in advance in order to take a short shower.
There are four seats rows inside Airbus A380. Each passenger can choose a great amount of films available on the 17-inch touch screen. In addition, you also have an electric plug, 2 USB ports and and a remote-control combined with a satellite phone. Every passenger on business class has a very comfortable seat, with a door that can be closed in order to have more privacy during the flight. The passengers that would like to seat more comfortable can have a seat on the couch available along the walls, but without to forget to fasten their seatbelts.
There are three stickers available on each chair for the flight attendants to know what to do – to wake up the passenger for duty free services, not to disturb him or to wake him up for lunch.
If you would like to catch a glimpse of the outside view, then you will receive the device which will help you do that, through the external video-camera the airplane has in front. Premium passengers can help themselves with free drinks and snacks from one of the two bars available on the deck.
If you need to go to the bathroom, then you can choose from the 15 cabins available – ten on the first deck and five on the second. The center of the cabin accommodates nine crew members.
The largest airplane in the world has 2 pilots, 4 head stewards, 4 first-class stewards, 8 business-class stewards, 8 economy-class stewards, 1 bathhouse attendant, responsible for the showers. 2 additional pilots and 1 extra bathhouse attendant are additionally employed for 14-hour long flights, making it a total of 30 crew members.
Airbus A380 was the special ‘guest’ of Berlin Airshow that took place this year in June, 12th, which took place on Berlin-Schönefeld Airport. The three airplanes belonged to Lufthansa and Emirates. After the departure of these two aircraft from Berlin, Airbus brought its own A380 flight test aircraft for the show’s final days.
Some technical data and specifications of Airbus A380:
A380-800 – Four 311kN (70,000lb), initially derated to 302kN (68,000lb), later growing to 374kN (84,000lb) thrust Rolls-Royce Trent 900 or 363kN (81,500lb) thrust Engine Alliance (General Electric-Pratt & Whitney) GP-7200 turbofans.
A380-800 – Max cruising speed M 0.88. Long range cruising speed M 0.85. Range 14,800km (8,000nm). Service ceiling 43.000ft (13,100m)A380-800F – Range 10,370km (5,600nm).
A380-800 – Operating empty 277,000kg (610,700lb), max takeoff 560,000kg (1,234,600lb).
A380-800F – Operating empty 252,000kg (555,600lb), max takeoff 590,000kg (1,300,700lb).
A380-800 – Wing span 79.8m (261ft 10in), length 72,75m (238ft 8in). Height 24,08 m (79ft)
A380-800 – Flightcrew of two. Standard seating for 555 passengers on two decks in a three class arrangement. Qantas plans to fit its aircraft with 523 seats (in three classes). A380 has 49% more floor area but only 35% more seats (in 555 seat configuration) than the 747-400, allowing room for passenger amenities such as bars, gymnasiums and duty free shops. Cargo capacity 38 LD3s or 13 pallets.
149 firm orders (including 27 freighters) by January 2005. Airbus has forecast a market for approx 1235 airliners of 400 seats and above through to 2020. First deliveries in early 2006.