Overview (As you know, the A380 all ready made its first flight about a month ago)
Designed in close collaboration with major airlines, airports and airworthiness authorities, the A380 superjumbo is the most advanced, spacious and efficient airliner ever conceived. Launched in December 2000 and now in its detailed definition phase, the A380 will enter airline service in 2006.
While meeting the most stringent international certification requirements, the A380 embodies the very latest technologies for materials, systems and industrial processes. Offering about a third more seating and far more available floor space than its closest competitor, the A380 will deliver an unparalleled level of comfort, with wider seats and aisles, open spaces for passengers to stretch their legs and access to lower-deck amenities. The A380?s modern technology and economies of scale provide 15 per cent lower seat-mile costs than today?s most efficient aircraft. Consequently, the A380 will offer passengers luxury travel at much more affordable prices.
The A380 will help cope with growing passenger numbers without negatively impacting the environment thanks to significantly reduced noise and emissions levels. Thanks to new generation engines and advanced wing and undercarriage design and technology, the A380 will not only comply with current noise limits but will be quieter than today?s largest airliner, meeting strict local regulations such as QC2 for departure at London airports. The A380 will generate half the noise level at take-off and carry 35 per cent more passengers than its competitor over distances such as London-Singapore.
And the A380?s environmental friendliness does not stop at noise reductions. The economic fuel consumption of the A380 ? around 13 per cent lower fuel burn than its closest competitor ? will also help reduce the impact of exhaust gases on the atmosphere. Indeed, the A380 will be the first long-haul aircraft to consume less than three litres of fuel per passenger over 100 kilometres (95 miles per imperial gallon) ? a fuel burn comparable with the best of small modern turbo-diesel cars.
While offering all the advantages of a completely new design, the A380 will extend the benefits of Airbus family commonality to the very large aircraft sector. Thanks to the same cockpit layout, procedures and handling characteristics, pilots will be able to transition to the A380 from other Airbus fly-by-wire aircraft with only minor additional training.
Designed in collaboration with some 60 major airports to ensure airport compatibility and a smooth entry into service the A380 provides the smartest and most economical solution to growing air traffic and airport congestion. The only alternative, an increase in frequencies of existing aircraft, would not only require billions of dollars of investment by airports (in new runways, terminals and even airports) but would also contribute to greater congestion and a significantly increased impact on the environment. Airbus? analysis of this issue has been irrefutably confirmed, both implicitly, through industry-wide participation in the programme from its outset, and explicitly, through the already immense success of the A380 on the market. To date, nine customers have announced firm commitments for a total of 97 A380s, including 17 freighter versions.
The A380 Family starts from a baseline passenger aircraft, the A380-800 with a capacity of 555 passengers in three classes, and a range of up to 14,800km/8,000nm. The freighter version, the A380-800F will carry a payload of 150 tonnes (330,000lbs) over 10,400km/5,600nm. Stretch, shrink and extended range variants of the baseline version will become available as and when the market requires them. The A380 can be powered by Rolls-Royce Trent 900 engines or GP7200 engines from The Engine Alliance (a General Electric and Pratt & Whitney joint venture).
The A380?s twin-aisle twin deck passenger cabin offers the long distance traveller a whole new level of comfort. A cabin designed around a large sample of today?s real passengers providing more space regardless of class of ticket, wider seats and aisles. Optional lower deck use for rest areas, business, bar or other amenities can further enhance the A380 travel experience.
Upper deck shown below (photo courtesy of Airbus Industries)
Main deck shown below (photo courtesy of Airbus Industries)
For a total of 555 seats in three classes.
Overall Length 239ft 3in 73m
Cabin Length 166ft 3in 50,68m
Fuselage Diameter 23ft 5in 7,14m
Max. Cabin Width Main Deck 21ft 7in 5,58m
Max. Cabin Width Upper Deck 19ft 5in 5,92m
Height 79ft 7in 24,1m
Wheelbase 99ft 8in 30,4m
Track 46ft 11in 14,3m
Wing Span (geometric) 261ft 10in 79,8m
Wing Area (reference) 9 100ft2 845m2
Sweep (25% chord) 33,5 degrees
lb X 1000 tonnes
Max. Ramp Weight 1 239 562
Max. Take-off Weight 1 235 560
Max. Landing Weight 851 386
Max. Zero Fuel Weight 796 361
Max. Fuel Capacity 81 890 USg
310 000 Litres
Typical Operating Weight Empty 608,4 276,8
Typical Volumetric Payload 145,5 66,4
Basic Operating Data
Powerplants Trent 900/GP 7 000
Thrust Range 70 000 lb slst
Typical Seating (three class) 555
Range ( with Max. passengers) 8 000nm
14 800 km
Max. Operating Mach n? (Mmo) 0,89Mo
Containers Capacity Underfloor 38LD3
Max. Pallet Number Underfloor 13
Bulk Hold Volume 650ft3
Total Volume (Containers + Bulk) 6 045ft3
Current A380 Orders
Airline Number Ordered
Air France 10
China Southern Airline 5
Etihad Airways 4
Korean Air 5
Malaysia Airlines 6
Qatar Airways 2
Singapore Airlines 10
Thai Airways 6
Virgin Atlantic 6