The Airbus A380 is a double-deck, wide-body, four-engine airliner manufactured by the European corporation Airbus, a subsidiary of EADS. The largest passenger airliner in the world, the A380 made its maiden flight on 27 April 2005 from Toulouse, France, and made its first commercial flight on 25 October 2007 from Singapore to Sydney with Singapore Airlines. The aircraft was known as the Airbus A3XX during much of its development phase, but the nickname Superjumbo has since become associated with it.
The A380’s upper deck extends along the entire length of the fuselage, and its width is equivalent to that of a widebody aircraft. This allows for a cabin with 50% more floor space than the next-largest airliner, the Boeing 747-400, and provides seating for 525 people in a typical three-class configuration or up to 853 people in all-economy class configurations. The postponed freighter version, the A380-800F, is offered as one of the largest freight aircraft, with a payload capacity exceeded only by the Antonov An-225. The A380-800 has a design range of 15,200 km (8,200 nmi), sufficient to fly from New York to Hong Kong for example, and a cruising speed of Mach 0.85 (about 900 km/h or 560 mph at cruising altitude).

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47 COMMENTS

  1. why is everyone debating about boeing and airbus? their both made in the us and both have rolls royce engines made in england?

  2. 0:12 wow , i didnt think they thought the plane was going to crash and burn that they had to have paruchutes lol

  3. @wottie110 That a pilot says both options have pros and cons means nothing. The pilots have no choice in the matter and don't want to lose 50% of employment opportunities.

  4. @RontoTheDog
    I heard somewhere that for the first flight all crew wore parachutes to bail out in the event of an emergency. They even had a release mechanism for one of the hatches.

  5. @deadLEE15 i have read in the magazine of Singapore airlines that A380's fuel consumption is even lesser than that of 747s .. and i guess it was even featured in national geographic about its fuel efficiency…

  6. @jcml4lfe The full version of that documentary there were many security details.That was the first flight, and the situation could be dangerous for pilots and flight engineers, they had helmets and also parachutes too. Becase there was an escape hole on the floor of the cockpit.

  7. Russian passenger planes are most certainly NOT better. The tech is totally outdated and they use twice the fuel with much more limited range and inferior materials. Get your facts straight.

  8. @pas7680

    The JAL 747's crash already killed nearly 500 people on broad. Why are you still flying with the B747? Be reasonable.

  9. It scares me thinking this beast may have the same sofware problems as the A330 family… There's even more computer controlled stuff in the A380.

  10. @ronny4ever123 Well the safest is Il86 and Il96 and iI like the Tu-154m a whole really lot, in the end I like all three major; Russian, European and American in different ways

  11. It was a good video but I dont know, it just didnt have the same magic as the 747 does when it takes off. like simpilot98 said, its basicaly just a big plane. really nothing more to it. the 747 has that beautiful design and that great speed and just overall grace. no other plane that will ever be made will ever match the greatness of the 747.

  12. I'll make no bones about it – I'm a Boeing engineer, so of course I will root for my "home team" but to see a behemoth airplane like the A380 take off is amazing to say the least. I will keep my comment clear of the subsidy dispute and rude remarks over aesthetics. I certainly hope that Airbus keeps providing robust competition so we both keep innovating and delivering it to you – our customers.

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