Key Aero

Your aviation destination

Airbus A380

The double-decker Airbus A380 caught the world’s imagination when it first flew in 2005 and still manages to turn heads. This week on Key.Aero, we’re featuring a fascinating collection of articles exploring a wide range of Super Jumbo topics from its origins, to hearing from the people who work with it to find out what makes it tick, and examining why ultimately the A380 wasn’t the commercial success Airbus had hoped for.

Read the Airbus A380 Collection

 

Latest from Key.Aero

Explore the latest news and features by our world-class aviation journalists. Stay up to date on the latest military aviation developments, commercial airline news, historic restoration projects, flight simulation releases and much more.

Trending Topics

Topgun  RAF  Wizz Air  Air Safety  Concorde

Military

Solidarity Transport Hub – an investment in the economic future and safety of Poland and the CEE region

The Solidarity Transport Hub (STH in English, CPK in Polish) is a new transport development program in Poland that is extremely important for the economic growth of the country and the region and, of utmost importance, the security of Europe as a whole. The STH will not be just the largest airport in this part of Europe. It is a huge infrastructure project on an incredible scale that will quickly and efficiently integrate air, rail, and road transportation.

News Premium

Patriot Express returns to Mildenhall

When Eastern Airlines Boeing 767-336ER, N705KW (c/n 24342), touched down at RAF Mildenhall in Suffolk on September 20 it marked the restart of a service after a hiatus lasting almost two decades.

Second Bangladesh C295W delivered

A second C295W has been delivered to the Bangladesh Army Aviation Group.

Feature Premium

The USS Kearsarge amphibious group visits Northern Europe

As Finland settles into joining NATO, Combat Aircraft Journal reports on the USS Kearsarge amphibious group visit to the Northern European country, and other exercises that took place this summer

News Premium

Dramatic photos of Aviano F-16s at low level in the UK

Two Lockheed Martin F-16C Fighting Falcons from the USAF’s 555th Fighter Squadron were captured undertaking low-level training in the UK’s Lake District

More from Military

Historic

Feature Premium

1./JG 53 – The Luftwaffe’s ‘Ace of Spades’

Nine Messerschmitt Bf 109E-equipped Jagdgeschwaders would take part in the Battle of Britain, each of which was made up of nine staffels. Chris Goss relates the story of one of these – 1 Staffel/Jagdgeschwader 53...

Feature Premium

Boulton Paul Defiant: Its early success in 1940

Before the Luftwaffe discovered its weak points, the Boulton Paul Defiant gave a good account of itself. Graham Pitchfork profiles two crews that had impressive success in the turret fighter…

Australian Twin Pioneer arrives at new home

Scottish Aviation Twin Pioneer VH-SYS has joined the HARS collection at Albion Park in New South Wales, having been based at nearby Wedderburn for many years

More from Historic

Commercial

Solidarity Transport Hub – an investment in the economic future and safety of Poland and the CEE region

The Solidarity Transport Hub (STH in English, CPK in Polish) is a new transport development program in Poland that is extremely important for the economic growth of the country and the region and, of utmost importance, the security of Europe as a whole. The STH will not be just the largest airport in this part of Europe. It is a huge infrastructure project on an incredible scale that will quickly and efficiently integrate air, rail, and road transportation.

Feature Premium

Why a second-hand A380 is an extremely hard sell

Now production has ended, the secondary market for the Airbus A380 is struggling to take off. In a special publication released in 2020, Mark Broadbent considered the opportunities and obstacles and asked whether this was a feasible option

Feature Premium

How huge A380 sections travelled to Toulouse… by road

Before production ended last year, twice a month a truly remarkable, yet largely unseen, event took place in the countryside of southwestern France. Six sections of the Airbus A380 super jumbo were driven 150 miles (240km) from Langon, south of Bordeaux, to the final assembly line in Toulouse. In the July 2017 issues of Airliner World, Martyn Cartledge joined the convoy to see how the operation ran.

More from Commercial

Flight Simulation

Microsoft Flight Simulator touches down in Vestmannaeyjar

Scenery developer, MM Simulations has announced Vestmannaeyjar Airport) for Microsoft Flight Simulator is now available.

FlightSimExpo releases initial 2023 event schedule and travel details

One of the world’s largest flight simulation events, FlightSimExpo, will take place in Houston Texas on June 23-25, 2023. Held across two locations near Houston’s Hobby Airport (HOU), the 2023 event will offer flight simulation fans the chance to interact with developers, try out the latest hardware, hear the latest products and meet fellow sim enthusiasts.

Ant's Airplanes Tiger Moth for Microsoft Flight Simulator

The Tiger Moth was the first ever aircraft produced by Ant's Airplanes. In 2019 it was rebuilt for FSX and Prepar3D, and now it has been converted for Microsoft Flight Simulator with extra detail added to take full advantage of the new platform.

More from Flight Simulation

 

Latest Issues from our leading aviation publications

Premium Key Aero subscribers get access to read all our magazines online as soon as they leave the editor’s desk.

 

Upcoming Events

Indo Defence Expo & Forum 2022

to

Pademangan, Indonesia

Incorporating the Indo Aerospace and Indo Marine Expo and Forum, the Indo Defence Expo & Forum returns for the ninth time as Indonesia's official tri-service defence, aerospace, maritime and security event.

SAE Media Group’s 7th Annual Airborne ISR Conference

to

London, United Kingdom

SAE Media Group is delighted to announce its 7th Annual Airborne ISR Conference, which will convene on 19-20 October 2022. Airborne ISR will return as the leading event for industry professionals and government officials around the world, focusing on effective Airborne ISR capabilities.

Military Airlift and Air-to-Air Refuelling Conference

to

Florence, Italy

Now in its 23rd successful year, the Military Airlift and Air-to-Air Refuelling Conference provides a critical forum to explore the strategic and tactical airlift capability in the region and offer allied programme managers the chance to network with leading tanker OEMs and systems integrators.

Air and Missile Defence Technology Conference

to

London, United Kingdom

SAE Media Group is proud to present the 6th Annual Air and Missile Defence Technology Conference taking place in London, UK, on the 16th and 17th November 2022.