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.
On a recent winter day in northern Britain, a couple on a train looked out of the window. An Emirates Airbus A380 came into view, approach lights glinting. The man, unprompted, suddenly said to his partner, “A380,” pointing to the airliner as it flew overhead on its approach into Manchester Airport.