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Airbus 380-800

Airbus 380-800.

The Airbus A380 is a double-deck, wide-body, four-engine jet manufactured by Airbus Industrie, the European consortium. It is the world's largest commercial passenger aircraft and the upper deck extends along the entire length of the fuselage. It is also the greenest, with the lowest cost per seat and the lowest emissions per passenger of any large aircraft. Despite having almost 50% more floor space and 60% more headroom than the Boeing 747-400, it is 50% quieter on take off.

Carbon fibre, a strong and light material, is used on key parts of the A380. Roughly 25% of the plane's overall structure is made from carbon-fibre reinforced plastic.

Customer benefits include:

  • Choice of First, Club World, World Traveller Plus and World Traveller
  • On demand audio and video systems for all seats
  • Spacious and quiet cabins

Find out more about travel classes

Photo gallery

  • A380-800 in flight viewed from above.
  • A380-800 in flight viewed from below.
  • A380-800 flying above the clouds.

Technical information

Airbus 380-800
Number in fleet 12 on order
Passenger capacity 469 (4 class)
Length 72.7m (238 feet 8 inches)
Wingspan 79.8m (261 feet 10 inches)
Height 24.1m (79 feet)
Engines 4× Rolls Royce Trent 900
Maximum speed 945km/h (587mph, Mach 0.89)
Range 15,400km (9,500 miles)

Seating plans

Airbus 380 - Detail of seating layout.

This is the seating layout for the Airbus 380-800:

These are the seat maps for each travel class:

Did you know?

  • During take-off the A380 wing will flex upwards by over 4m.
  • The 4400m2 surface of the A380 is covered in three layers of paint weighing around 500kg.
  • The wings of the plane are 54% larger than the wings of a Boeing 747 aircraft.
  • If all the wiring in the A380 is laid end to end, it will stretch from Edinburgh to London - 320 miles.

Where does the A380-800 fly?

The aircraft operates on a variety of routes, including:

Please note: the aircraft may vary for operational reasons.