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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:
|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)|