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16 Little Known Facts About The Airbus A380

This is a massive jet.

1) The A380 is the world's largest passenger airliner by a lot. It can carry 113 more passengers than the 747-400 in a typical seating configuration.

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2) It's called the A380 because the cross-section of the fuselage looks like the number "8".

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3) The airports it lands at are specially equipped to handle its 1.3 million pounds and 261 foot wingspan. It takes a lot of concrete to hold up that much weight.

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4) The A380's first flight was just over 10 years ago, on April 27th, 2005.

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5) The A380 has nearly 6,000 square feet of usable floor space between its two decks.

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6) That's over 40% more floor than the 747-8.

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7) Typical seating for three classes is 525, but in a one class seating configuration, the A380 can hold as many as 853 passengers.

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8) That's the equivalent of over 17 CRJ-200s.

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9) Emirates is the largest A380 operator, with 67 aircraft, and 140 on order.

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10) During evacuation testing, 853 passengers and 20 crew needed to exit the aircraft in less than 90 seconds. They accomplished the evacuation in 78 seconds, with 8 of the 16 exits blocked.

11) Each aircraft has more than 330 miles of wiring.

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12) Singapore Airlines was the first A380 operator, making their first flight in 2007. The airline claims the A380 burns 20% less fuel per passenger than their 747 fleet.

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13) The jet was initially designed without thrust reversers, but reversers were added in late stages of development to the inboard engines.

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14) The outboard engines don't have reversers, because they can kick up debris near the edges of the runway.

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15) The optimal wingspan for the A380 is 300 feet, but due to airport restrictions, its wingspan is a mere 261 feet, 8 inches wide.

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16) Many experts think the A380 is too big, and not practical in airline travel today. But for now, production continues for the biggest passenger jet in the sky.

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Colin Cutler

Colin is a Boldmethod co-founder, pilot and graphic artist. He's been a flight instructor at the University of North Dakota, an airline pilot on the CRJ-200, and has directed development of numerous commercial and military training systems. You can reach him at colin@boldmethod.com.

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