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Spotlight

Airbus A380

Thu, 12/01/2016 - 12:48

The Airbus A380, the longest passenger airplane in the world, provides a one-of-a-kind traveling experience for passengers, whether they fly economy or premier class. Within its 72.72m overall length the aircraft can accommodate 544 passengers in four different classes. Its main deck is 6.5m wide and its upper deck 5.8m wide, stretching the space per passenger.

The A380 has a four-class standard layout with 18in-wide seats in economy class. The premium economy section has additional space to accommodate the growing demand for this particular traveling-class. Even though its business class full-flat beds are distinguishable features, the firstclass cabin interiors have truly unique characteristics that stand out from every angle. First-class interiors accommodate private suites and social areas, designed to make flights as comfortable as possible. Air France flies the A380 daily between Mexico City and France.

Innovation and improvement is not exclusive to the passenger experience. The A380 has reduced fuel consumption and noise levels, emitting 75g of CO2 per passenger kilometer and lower NOx emissions. The use of advanced aluminum alloys and glass fiber increases the aircraft’s efficiency and makes it 15 tons lighter than an entirely metal airplane of the same dimensions.

The airplane’s efficiency lowers operating costs, offering 15 percent cheaper direct operating costs per passenger than its competitors. When used on high-demand routes, it can increase an airline’s profitability by up to 65 percent. The A380’s 60 percent larger capacity per slot in comparison to the Boeing 747-8, its closest competitor, allows airlines to replace multiple flights with smaller aircraft in a single plane. The A380 also features Airbus’ brake-to-vacate technology that allows pilots to approach and land more effectively, reducing runway occupancy time by almost 30 percent. Additionally, the aircraft’s two engines make landing and departure quieter, contributing to the reduction of noise.

The cockpit’s design includes the latest technologies displayed across eight interactive screens that can be controlled with a track-ball cursor. It also features a heads-up display that increases pilots’ situational awareness every step of the way. Even though the A380’s cockpit features the latest technology, it shares common characteristics with the rest of the Airbus aircraft family, reducing the training needed for the crew when they fly different Airbus airplanes.