What are some interesting facts about the Airbus A380?


  1. The giant plane flies at 43,000 feet, with maximum speed of 640 miles/hour.
  2. More than 3600 liters of paint is required to paint the exterior of the aircraft.
  3. Despite its enormous size, Singapore Airlines’ version of the A380 actually has just 399 economy seats – 169 seats less than its closest rival, the 747.

  1. However, without any space being used for first or business class, the plane could theoretically hold up to 850 economy passengers.
  2. This is what we call progression – the Wright Brothers’ first flight was shorter than the A380’s wingspan.
  3. There are over 320 miles of cable wired throughout an A380 – for gadgets such as the flat-screen TV’s available in the First-Class suites, and 10″ screens for each economy class passenger.
  4. The wings and Engines of A380 are made in England, tail and fuselage is made in Spain and Germany. All parts once made are then shipped to France by ship, land for assembly.
  5. The internal working temperature of the airplane’s four engines is 3100 degrees.  And the engines are of the same lengths as of Mercedes C-series car.
  6. 21 flight attendants work in an A380, working in 5 galleys. The flight attendants have rest apartments with beds provided for napping during long-haul flights
  7. The giant plane flies at 43,000 feet, with maximum speed of 640 miles/hour or 1030 km/hr.
  8. The A380 holds 81900 gallons of fuel weighing 560 tons.  It burns 17% less fuel than other large airplanes. It consumes 4 liter of fuel in 100 km per passenger.
  9. The cabin air intakes on the wings can hold a Mini.
  10. Each Airbus A380 costs over £200 million.
  11. 22 per cent of the Airbus is made of carbon fibre reinforced plastic. However, designers have stated that an amazing 85 per cent of the aircraft will be recyclable.
  12. Emirates Airlines’ custom-made A380 contains a luxurious shower spa and a VIP cocktail lounge for First Class passengers.
  13. Don’t worry if you are a little larger than normal either – the cabin’s massive size allows for an extra 1.5 inches of room per seat.
  14. Qantas’ A380 boasts 6 self serve snack bars (4 on the lower deck for First Class and economy, 2 on the upper deck for Business and premium economy).
  15. Twenty airports in the world are handling A380 service, meaning that they have long enough runways, wide enough taxiways, and 78,000 square feet available at the boarding gate where the plane can be parked. Airports also need special equipment to handle passengers and cargo, and sometimes even baggage conveyor belts must be lengthened since 500 to 800 passengers means a lot of luggage.
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