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  Airbus A380 - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The A380 is double decked, with the upper deck extending along the entire length of the fuselage.
The A380 is the first commercial airliner with a central wing box made of carbon fiber reinforced plastic, and it is the first to have a wing cross-section that is smoothly contoured.
From there, the A380 parts are transported by barge to Langon, and by road to an assembly hall in Toulouse in France.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Airbus_A380   (4683 words)

 Airbus A380 aircraft airliner facts & pictures
The A380 was unveiled in a lavish ceremony in Toulouse, France, on January 18, 2005.
The A380 features an all-new wing design after it was found the A340 wing was too small to be efficient at the sort of gross weights required for a 600 seat aircraft and rather than settle for a 600 tonne wing design instead aimed the wing design at 750 tonnes.
While the A380 was being sold to the airlines, Boeing shopped the concept of the 747X, which was to be a version of the 747 with the "hump" at the front of the aircraft extended further back for more passenger room but failed to garner enough interest from the airlines.
www.aviationexplorer.com /a380_facts.htm   (733 words)

 Howstuffworks "How the Airbus A380 Works"
The Airbus A380 is generating a lot of excitement in the airline industry, with many people wondering if the world is ready for a plane this big.
The operating cost of an A380 is not substantially greater than that of the Boeing 747 (the closest passenger jet in size and capacity).
Industry insiders claim the A380 is the most heavily subsidized airplane in history, with Boeing claiming that $15 million came to Airbus from EU governments.
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 Aerospaceweb.org | Aircraft Museum - Airbus A380
The Airbus A380 was developed in response to the growing problems of airport congestion and air traffic control systems struggling to cope with the number of aircraft in operation.
The landing gear of the A380 include 22 wheels so that the load per wheel is comparable to that of the Boeing 747 and 777.
Initial A380 testing also uncovered a rupture in the wing that could require a redesign, and rumors have also surfaced that flaws may exist in the landing gear as well as the cabin pressurization system.
www.aerospaceweb.org /aircraft/jetliner/a380/index.shtml   (767 words)

 Airliners.net: Airbus A380
A380 has 49% more floor area but only 35% more seats (in 555 seat configuration) than the 747-400, allowing room for passenger amenities such as bars, gymnasiums and duty free shops.
The A380 features an advanced version of the Airbus common two crew cockpit, with pull-out keyboards for the pilots, extensive use of composite materials such as GLARE (an aluminium/glass fibre composite), and four 302 to 374kN (68,000 to 84,000lb) class Rolls-Royce Trent 900 or Engine Alliance (General Electric/Pratt & Whitney) GP7200 turbofans now under development.
In early 2001 the general configuration design was frozen, and metal cutting for the first A380 component occurred on January 23, 2002, at Nantes in France.
www.airliners.net /info/stats.main?id=29   (808 words)

 PBS - Chasing the Sun - Airbus A380
Formerly known as the A3XX, Airbus' double-decker passenger jet, the A380, will be the largest airliner ever built.
Although the A380 will be able to fly a distance of over 10,000 miles, the plane's usefulness will not be limited to long-haul flights.
The first A380 is scheduled to take flight in September of 2004 and may enter commercial service as early as October of 2005.
www.pbs.org /kcet/chasingthesun/planes/a380.html   (493 words)

 Aerospace Technology - Airbus A380 'Superjumbo'
The A380 is a member of the Airbus Flight Operational Commonality family with similar flight decks and operating procedures in the A320, A330 and A340 aircraft, providing easy crew transition training, cross crew qualification and mixed fleet flying.
The A380 is the first major commercial airliner program with a freighter version being co-developed as part of the new aircraft launch.
The A380 structure incorporates a range of new materials, including a new material, Glare, that is highly resistant to fatigue.
www.aerospace-technology.com /projects/a380   (1587 words)

 Aviationboom - Feature Story - The Airbus A380
Designed in close collaboration with major airlines, airports and airworthiness authorities, the A380 superjumbo is the most advanced, spacious and efficient airliner ever conceived.
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.
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.
www.aviationboom.com /features/feature_A380.shtml   (743 words)

 CNN.com - Largest passenger jet unveiled - Jan 18, 2005
The A380 superjumbo, made by the European company Airbus, was revealed at a lavish presentation at its hangar in the southwestern city of Toulouse.
Although the A380 project has run some $1.4 billion over budget, Airbus believes it will recoup its costs in 2008 and be an extremely profitable flagship product for decades to come.
Nevertheless, Boeing has been talking down the threat posed by the A380, notably by saying that few airports in the world were modified to take the bulk of the new superjumbo, despite Airbus's claims that 50 were ready.
www.cnn.com /2005/BUSINESS/01/18/airbus.380/index.html   (821 words)

 Airbus A380 - Megajet
The Airbus A380, formerly known as A3XX, is the world's biggest and heaviest passenger airliner.
On 27 April 2005 the Airbus A380 flew for the first time from Toulouse Blagnac, where the final assembly of the airliner takes place.
Variants of the A380 which Airbus wants to develop are a A380-700 'short-body' version seating 480 passengers in a three-class layout and the A380-900 stretch with a capacity of 656 seats.
widebodyaircraft.nl /a380.htm   (300 words)

 BBC NEWS | Business | Market challenges facing Airbus' giant
When the double-decker A380 takes off for its maiden flight - weather permitting - across the skies of France on Wednesday, it will certainly be the world's largest passenger airliner.
It also points to fuel efficiencies offered by the A380, and says it is comfortably on track to meet a break-even sales target of 250 aircraft, with 154 orders secured so far.
But while the A380 is unlikely to suffer the fate of its supersonic predecessor - only 14 Concordes ever went into service - Airbus still faces a number of challenges.
news.bbc.co.uk /1/hi/business/4482105.stm   (769 words)

 Airbus A380 Completes Maiden Flight
The A380, which is designed to carry 555 passengers but has room for more than 800, touched down almost four hours after soaring smoothly into the French skies from Airbus headquarters near Toulouse in southern France.
Airbus said the A380 had made aviation history and set out plans for up to 2,500 hours of test flights to pave the way for the A380 to enter service in the second half of 2006.
The A380 is 15 metres (49 feet) wider, 4 metres (13 feet) taller, 2 metres (6.5 feet) longer and 118 tonnes heavier than the 747, which helped change the airline business.
news.airwise.com /story/view/1114596718.html   (591 words)

 CNN.com - 'Superjumbo' A380 lands safely - Apr 27, 2005
A decade after the initial planning and design, the Airbus A380 is set to make a jumbo debut.
The A380 was originally unveiled at a star-studded event on January 18 in France.
According to Airbus, the A380 has about a 13 percent lower fuel burn than the 747 and is the first long-haul aircraft to consume less than 3 liters of fuel per passenger over 100 km -- said to be as efficient as an average family car.
www.cnn.com /2005/WORLD/europe/04/26/airbus.launch/index.html   (1239 words)

 Airbus A380   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-01)
The Airbus A380 is to become the biggest airliner in the world, even bigger than the Boeing 747.
The A380 will have wider seats and aisles, open spaces for passengers to stretch their legs and lower-deck amenities.
The intention is to make the Airbus A380 15 per cent cheaper to operate on a seat-mile costs basis than today’s most efficient aircraft.
www.geocities.com /airgall3/a380.htm   (237 words)

 BBC NEWS | Business | Airbus A380 completes test flight
Jacques Rosay, who flew the A380 during take-off, said the plane behaved "immaculately" and that as a pilot "you handle it like you handle a bicycle".
The US firm congratulated Airbus on the successful test flight, but added that "the A380 is a very large aircraft for a very small market".
During the flight, there was a live satellite feed of data which was monitored by a team of experts on the ground, Airbus said.
news.bbc.co.uk /1/hi/business/4488361.stm   (611 words)

 Airbus A380 double-deck airliner   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-01)
At the request of airlines and airport authorities, the A380 fits within an 80 x 80m (262 x 262 ft) horizontal box, to make best use of current runways, taxiways and gates.
The A380 will use the same runway length as the Boeing 747, even though its fuselage is 25cm (10 in) wider.
Airbus aims to make the A380 the most pleasurable flying experience possible, regardless of a traveller's size or class of ticket.
www.didyouknow.cd /whatsnew/airbus.htm   (403 words)

 Aerospace Technology - Airbus A380-800F Wide Bodied Freighter
The A380 passenger aircraft made its maiden flight in April 2004 and is due to enter service in 2007.
The vertical tail plane for the first A380 flight aircraft was delivered to the Toulouse final assembly facility by a Beluga Super Transporter aircraft in June 2004.
The A380 in its assembly jigs at the Airbus A380 assembly facility in Toulouse, France, in May 2004.
www.aerospace-technology.com /projects/airbus_a380   (1046 words)

 AIAA - Aerospace America Online - INDUSTRY INSIGHTS - A380 at the halfway point.
Airbus gave the A380 a commercial launch decision in June 2000, followed by an industrial launch decision in November of the same year.
Airlines ordering the A380 have reportedly been given very generous terms allowing for deferral due to market conditions (this level of airline power is a feature of today’s market landscape for both Airbus and Boeing).
Meanwhile, the A380 is one of the few new jetliners ever launched simultaneously with both passenger and cargo variants.
www.aiaa.org /aerospace/Article.cfm?issuetocid=398&ArchiveIssueID=42   (1896 words)

 A380 behemoth takes to the skies | The Register
Up to 50,000 people are reported to have lined the runway at Blagnac International Airport in Toulouse to watch this morning's first lift-off of the Airbus A380, which took to the skies at 8.29 GMT and landed safely almost four hours later.
The A380 was lifted from the ground by its four Rolls-Royce Trent 900 engines at a record-breaking weight of 421 tonnes (928,300 lbs).
At the roll-out ceremony in January, Jacques Chirac described it as the "crowning achievement of a human and industrial adventure", with Brit PM Tony Blair dubbing the beast "the most exciting new aircraft in the world, a symbol of economic strength and technical innovation".
www.theregister.co.uk /2005/04/27/a380_maiden_flight   (608 words)

 Airbus A380 - Aircraft-Info.net, Aircraft Information #1!
The A380 would feature an advanced version of the Airbus common two crew cockpit, with pull-out keyboards for the pilots, extensive use of composite materials such as GLARE, and four 320 to 347kN (72,000 to 78,000lb) class RollsRoyce Trent 900 or Engine Alliance (General Electric/Pratt and Whitney) GP-7200 turbofans now under development.
Several A380 models are planned: the basic aircraft is the 555 seat A380-800 and high gross weight A380-800, with the longer range A380-800R planned.
The out of sequence A380 designation was chosen as the "8" represents the twin decks.
portal.aircraft-info.net /article8.html   (1148 words)

 WJLA - Airbus A380 Superjumbo Lands in Singapor   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-01)
The A380 prototype was originally due to arrive Tuesday in Singapore — the first stop of an Asian tour that includes Australia and Malaysia — but Airbus postponed the trip to replace two of the plane's four engines.
Airbus SAS is already running behind schedule in the A380 delivery for some Asian airlines, so the additional delay is an embarrassment for the European jet maker as it tries to entice additional customers.
With air travel expected to boom in the next 20 years, Airbus said the A380 — designed to carry 555 passengers but can be stretched to accommodate 800 — will help to ease airport congestion at major passenger hubs.
www.wjla.com /headlines/1105/276789.html   (482 words)

 A380 Set for First Flight
The A380 is poised to make its first flight in the next two months.
While the Europeans prepare to celebrate the milestone, the long-lasting ideological battle between Boeing and Airbus on the merits of ultrahigh-capacity aircraft is reaching new heights.
Although the A380 is equipped with larger, interactive displays and provides the flight crew with additional information, such as vertical situational awareness, its cockpit basically retains an A330/ A340-like flight deck to facilitate Cross Crew Qualification (CCQ).
aviationnow.com /avnow/news/channel_awst_story.jsp?id=news/02145top.xml   (1532 words)

 A380 buyer keeps mum about possible luxuries aboard cruise ship of the skies
Emirates, which has placed 41 firm orders for the A380 -- by far the most of any customer -- is expected to configure its initial A380s with 480 to 490 seats in three classes, and about 650 seats in two classes.
Emirates, Singapore and other A380 operators will use the A380 upper deck for business and premium seating, with the main deck for economy.
Last week, when Airbus unveiled the first A380 in a ceremony in Toulouse, France, Virgin's colorful chairman, Richard Branson, told reporters his 380s will have a gym where passengers can work out, as well as a beauty parlor and casino.
seattlepi.nwsource.com /business/209051_interior24.html   (1692 words)

 Superjumbo Tests Heathrow's Runways, A380 Lands In London To Test Preparations For Biggest Passenger Jet - CBS News
Heathrow operator BAA is spending some $850 million to upgrade the airport to accommodate the A380 and other anticipated ultra-large aircraft of the future.
The airline said Thursday it expected to take delivery of its first A380 in November and plans for the plane to enter commercial service in December.
CBS News RAW: The new Airbus A380, the world's biggest passenger airliner, landed safely at Heathrow Airport in London.
www.cbsnews.com /stories/2006/05/18/world/main1628813.shtml   (584 words)

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