Airbus A380 factfile

2010-11-04 12:12

Singapore – Facts about the Airbus A380 superjumbo:

– The double-decker A380 measures 73m in length, or about 80% of a football field.

– Its wingspan is 79.75m, its wing area is 845 square metres, enough to park 72 medium-sized cars on each wing.

– It has 50% more floor space than the next biggest aircraft, the Boeing 747 jumbo.

– It is 24.45m high, about the same height as a seven storey building.

– It can carry 853 passengers in an all-economy configuration.

– The project was delayed 18 months at an additional cost of about $6bn, Airbus estimates.

– The A380 has 530km of wiring, roughly equivalent to the distance between Frankfurt and Paris.

– The first aircraft, operated by Singapore Airlines, entered service on October 25 2007 with an inaugural flight between Singapore and Sydney (flight number SQ380).

– The A380 can be fitted with two types of engines: Rolls-Royce Trent 900 and Engine Alliance GP7000 turbofans.

– Airbus said in June 2010 it had 234 confirmed orders for the A380 from 17 customers, Qantas is the second biggest customer with 20 aircraft on order. Emirates is by far the biggest, with 90 aircraft on order.

– There are 37 of the aircraft currently in operation, airlines who have taken delivery are Singapore Airlines, Qantas, Emirates, Lufthansa and Air France.