(Video) 10 years of Airbus A380 - New generation, new experience
On 18 January 2005, during a grand event that took place in Toulouse - France, the first Airbus A380 aircraft was officially presented. After approximately 9 years of development (1996-2005), Airbus A380 has found its way from the design table to the production line. Airbus has demonstrated that it is a manufacturer of aircraft capable of manufacturing a complete and high-capacity two-story aircraft. The aircraft is designed to carry up to 853 of passengers configured in one class / 525 of passengers in 3 classes.
Also in 2005, but on 27 April 2015, the first Airbus A380 (F-WWOW) was to fly off the ground in a historic aviation flight.
10 years have passed since then, and A380 has enjoyed real success. The cost of development and design was 25 billion, and the list price of an aircraft is 428 million dollars (according to the Airbus price list presented in 2015).
In 10 years, Airbus received orders for 317 aircraft and 28 options, from which he delivered 152 of units (all in operational service) to 13 airline operators.
Below is a list of the 13 operators and the dates they received the first Airbus A380:
Singapore Airlines - 15 October 2007 (launch customer)
Emirates - 28 July 2008
Qantas - 19 September 2008
Air France - 30 October 2009
Lufthansa - NEVER 19
Korean Air - NEVER 24
China Southern Airlines - 14 October 2011
Malaysia Airlines - NEVER 29
Thai Airways - 27 September 2012
British Airways - NOVEMBER July NOVEMBER
Asiana Airlines - 26 May 2014
Qatar Airways - 17 September 2014
Etihad Airways - 16 December 2014
The highest order of A380 was placed by Emirates - 140 of units. Emirates also has the largest operational fleet of A380 - 57 by super jumbo.
In 10 years, Airbus A380 aircraft transported approximately 75 million passengers those 94 of route served, to those 44 of destinations where super jumbo flies.
About technical specifications, I invite you to read in our dedicated article - Airbus A380 - the giant of heaven!
According Top 5 longest flights by plane in the world, a ranking recently posted by Airlines Travel, Airbus A380 under the Qantas livery currently operates the longest route: DALLAS - SYDNEY. The distance from 13 804 Km is traveled in 15 hours and 20 minutes from Sydney to Dallas and in 16 hours and 55 minutes back. This shows that A380 is a reliable aircraft for long and very long flights.
(Information source: / Wikipedia / Airbus)