Airbus A380 - The largest passenger airliner in the world
Known as the 'Superjumbo', the Airbus A380 remains the largest passenger airliner in the world, and continues to lead the way in both airline design, and unparalleled comfort and convenience. The very first twin-deck and duel-aisle airliner, the Airbus A380 can accommodate between 400 - 800 passengers, and offers the traveller optimum space, and a much quieter and more fuel-efficient flight than ever before. Operated by some of the world’s premier airlines, such as Emirates, Singapore Airlines, Qantas and Air France, the Airbus A380 provides the ultimate cabin experience, and boasts the height of luxury for passengers, in every class.
Airbus A380 - Innovative design and development
A model in eco-efficiency, the Airbus A380 boasts low-fuel and operating costs, with the sheer size of the airliners allowing for reduced congestion at airports, creating a smoother and more effective experience for all, and being a key factor in sustainable growth. The company conceived the idea for an ultra-high-capacity airliner (UHCA) back in 1988, when they were looking to compete with Boeing, who had dominated the jet engine market since the '70's. After much design and development, the massive Airbus A380 was launched, with its two levels accommodating up to 800 passengers. The name of the aircraft was derived from the shape of its double-decker cross-section, as well as the fact that the number 8 is considered to be lucky in Asia, where the aircraft was being marketed. The Airbus A380 made its maiden flight on 27th April, 2005, and its first commercial journey from Singapore to Sydney in October 2007, for Singapore Airlines. Today there are 43 aircraft in operation, providing mainly long-haul flights, with Emirates remaining the largest operator of the aircraft.
Airbus A380 - Unparalleled first-class luxury Passengers travelling on the Airbus A380 can expect a high level of customer comfort, with a number of special features and cabin innovation designed to enhance their travel experience. Seats are much wider than usual, with a seat pitch of 32 inches and a width of 19 inches, with 50% more cabin space than a traditional jet. There is more overhead compartment space, better head room, and wider stairs and aisles, meaning smoother access around the aircraft. Passengers can also experience a much quieter flight, and greater cabin pressure, with fresh air recycled every three minutes, and four high-level air outlets (double the industry standard) creating a refreshing environment, and allowing for less fatigue whilst travelling. First-class passengers on the Airbus A380 are treated to an elevated level of luxury, with features such as fully-enclosed compartments, beds, and even shower spas.