Airbus A380

The massive Airbus A380 is one of the most recognisable aircraft in the sky with its double-deck passenger cabins. The search by Airbus for a challenger to the Boeing 747 started in the late 1980s, with the A3XX project appearing in 1994.

The manufacturer launched the A380 programme in December 2000 and the first flight took place on April 27, 2005. The first delivery to a customer was Singapore Airlines in October 2007. The maiden commercial flight, SQ380, was from Singapore to Sydney, Australia on October 25 that same month.

The aircraft is certified for up to 853 passengers, though typical airline configurations are around 500. A total of 251 aircraft were manufactured and delivered to airlines such as Air France, Asiana, British Airways, Etihad Airways, Lufthansa, Qatar Airways and Qantas, among others. Emirates is the largest customer of the jet, affectionately known as the Super Jumbo, having procured 123 examples. The final A380 handed over to Emirates was also the last example of the type to be delivered. Production of the huge aircraft ended in 2021.

Emirates is bringing even more A380s to Gatwick

The UAE-based carrier has boosted A380 services to the British capital ahead of the holiday rush. Find out more here…

Are Emirates Airbus A380s coming to Stansted?

In a first for the Essex gateway, a double airbridge has been introduced – which is capable of being used to access the upper deck of Airbus A380s. Find out more here…

The Ultimate Airbus A380 Quiz!

It's A380 Week on Key.Aero and to celebrate, we've a special super jumbo quiz for you. From notable operators to technical specifications, this double-decker brain tickler is guaranteed to put your knowledge to the test. Good luck!

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What engines power the massive Airbus A380?

Engine Alliance and Rolls-Royce continue to use technology insertions to improve the efficiency and durability of their respective A380-specific engine. Chris Kjelgaard looks at the detail

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Demise of a Giant – what killed the A380?

Lack of customers precipitated the termination of the A380 super jumbo programme after only two decades. In a special publication on the A380 in 2020, Mark Ayton looked at the reasons why

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Airbus A380 cockpit explained

In a 2020 special publication on the A380, Mark Broadbent looked in detail at the Super Jumbo’s cockpit

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How Airbus upgraded the A380

While remaining one of the most recognisable aircraft currently flying, the A380 has evolved in the ten years since its debut. Mark Broadbent explores how it has changed and considers the logistics of operating Europe’s super jumbo.

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Flying on a British Airways A380 – passenger experience

In the December 2013 issue of Aviation News Charles Kennedy recounted the first British Airways A380 flight to Los Angeles and reported on the passenger experience

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What it takes to keep the A380 flying

After 10 years in service Ian Goold, in the June 2017 issue of Aviation News, looked at what it takes to maintain the A380 to keep it flying safely and how Airbus had refined the process

Qatar Airways reveals new A380 destination

The move comes as the Qatari flag carrier plans to increase passenger capacity on a particular route. Find out which one on Key.Aero...