Airbus A380

By Deane Barker on December 26, 2004

Airbus bets on building largest commercial plane: The Airbus A380 is set to be unveiled next month. It will be the largest passenger plane in history.

Its wings stretch nearly the length of a football field, about 50 feet longer than any plane in the air today. Nose to tail, it is longer than two blue whales. Inside the cabin, it has room for at least 550 passengers &mdash and as many as 1,000.

To put that in perspective, there are 131 towns in South Dakota that could fit their entire populations in one A380 — the smallest six could do it at the same time.

It’s a true two-story plane: the second deck stetches the length of the plane, instead of just a smaller upper deck like on the 747.

Airbus envisions that airlines will use the ample space aboard the long-haul plane for cocktail lounges and private suites that serve as in-air bedrooms and double as business meeting areas.

As expected, Wikipedia has a stunning amount of data on it.

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Comments

  1. I love how every time a newer, larger airliner comes out, the manufacturer wows the press with talk of using the extra space for cocktail lounges, bedrooms, bowling alleys, etc.

    As soon as they roll off the production line, what goes in there? More tiny, tiny seats.

  2. From the Wikipedia entry:

    “Initial publicity, particularly from the airlines which have ordered it, has stressed the ability of the A380 to provide increased room and comfort, with open space areas to be used as relaxation space, bars, duty free shops, and the like. Historically, the same type of prediction has always been made when a new, larger aircraft is announced – the 747 is an obvious example – but the economics of airline operation are such that the extra space is nearly always used for additional seating.”

  3. One of the most stupid plane of all times, like the Constitution and the Brabazon.. No interest, no utility, no chance except to loose lives and money with it.

  4. i heard that the passengers seat size is only about 1 inch extra compared to the other planes.

    Imagine such a big plane and yet the seats are so small and you have in it for hours and hours

  5. bars? gymns? shopping? how about bigger sleeper seats in economy class – I can handle marketing hype but blatant bullsh*t does nothing for the A380’s credibility at all…. oh and will the extra room mean they still have crabby aircrews and serve warmed up leather and pet food in flight? We dont need a bigger plane, we need an airline that can get the fundamentals right.

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    How about that. I can bid on an A380. I wonder if Airbus will take PayPal.

  7. COOL THE AIR-BUS A-380 IS A MONSTER WITH 555 TOO 999 PEPOLE THATS A LOT WITH 2 ELEVATORS 6 GALLYS FOOD A RESTRANT SHOWERS BEDS CASINIO DUTY FREE SHOPING MALL ON BOARD TOO A BAR TOO PIANIO TOO COMPUTERS TVS TIVOS ALSO WILL BE ON BOARD AND ALL LEATHER SEATS SOFAS AND BAR STOOLS TOO AND 4 LEVELS TOO WALK THROUGH SO MAKE SURE TO BUY NEW SHOES AT THE DUTY FREE SHOP ON BOARD THE AIR-BUS A-380

  8. This airbus will change passenger travel in away you can’t imagine. It is true that some airlines will try to shove as many seats as possible (cough cough Quantas) but 1st class airlines like Singapore Airlines will see this as an opertunity to allow all passengers to enjoy a more comfortable journey. Singapore Airlines is only putting 500 seats in total in there airbus’s as they are giving a lot more room for econmony class passengers. The biggest plus about this new aircraft airfares will be reduced and going on long haul flights will be a new and exciting experiance! LONG LIVE THE AIRBUS A380!!!

  9. airports remain the same size, while the number of passengers is increasing every year. communities who live around most airports object to any further expansion. the only solution will be to build bigger planes so that more people can be transported with less flights. – unless you want to out do the japanese and make an airport on an artificial island out at sea!!

    i think boeing got it wrong and underestimate the demand for the A380. sure the 7E7 Dreamliner will sell, and they will probably make some profit out of it. but they way air traffic passenger volumes are increasing, i foresee more carriers using the A380 to fly the high density routes between international hubs. i think they realised they (boeing) made a boo-boo in not creating a replacement for the 747, thats why the sour grapes now. Long live Airbus.

    as for the boeing complaints about EU subsidies, they can stick it up where the sun dont shine. they have threatned Washington state to send airplane production elsewhere unless they get grants (yeah, just like moving headquarters to chicago so they could help themselves to more tax-payers dollars!).

    besides according to world trade organisation rules, the subsidies airbus recieves are for development costs and are entirely legal, while the subsidies that boeing recieves are for production and that is NOT legal.

    PS – sure some greedy airlines will try cram as many seats as possible into the planes, but you cant really blame Airbus for that, can you?

  10. this airbus is so cool. -i mean- it rocks out loud. I’m doing a report in school about the jet age, and i was looking at different types of jets. This one is the coolest of them all

  11. Oh my. What is next triple decker airplanes. It is cheaper for air companies to wait for the Boeing 7E7 to come out. Just look at the airport tax at Pearson in Toronto it is cheaper to fly out of Peirre Elliot Trudeau, Heathrow, Gatwick or Boston. But the A380 is going to be a packed plane 555 seats, ouch. I feel sorry for the flight attendant.

  12. Basic configuration of 747 is around 435 seats max, the A380 can carry twice as much in max configuration. Airbus will have many customers from Asia, eg, China where they will pack customer like chicken to fly short route around the country or within Asia. Even in 555 basic seat configuration, its engergy efficience can results lower airfare. AirBus claims 12% more efficient than the 747, it is heavier and airport won’t have to redo the runway since load per wheel is less than 747 (20 vs 12.) In Western world, they key is to make the airplan interior airy. It is likely A380 is a runaway success. Even as big as it is, it is not big enough to offer a full size cafeteria where customer can buy what they want to eat where food quality is a persistent issue for years.

  13. Despite certain comments on the page, The A380 will be generally a 1 class configuration, So everyone gets to fly like its first class. This is because despite its size, its design makes it cheaper to fly per seat mile than most airliners today. It is also “greener” and more environmentally friendly. And just think, This beast is fly-by-wire so she’s handled by a little sidstick in the flight deck. A real bonus for her front office crew is that she’s very easy to fly…I have a model I fly in and out of Pearson International Toronto on Flight Simulator, and it handles very gracefully. I love this plane coz of it’s revolutionalry vision…Airbus really thought BIG on this one ;) …..Now i just wish Concorde was cheap enough to re-open service…

  14. Lets face it.

    There is a lot of anti-french sentiment on this board that has nothing to do with the positive attributes of the A380.

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