The Airbus A380: A Big Plane
- The world's largest aircraft. the A380 made its landmark debut with Singapore Airlines, carrying 450 passengers on its first flight to Sydney from Singapore.
- To prepare for the super jumbo jet's arrival, Sydney Airport authorities spent $128 million to upgrade its infrastructure which included the widening of runways, the reinforcement of underground tunnels and the
construction of special air bridges to accommodate the A380's double-decker design.
- 3600 l. The amount of paint required for the 3.100 m2 exterior of the aircraft.
- That's enough for Michelangelo to paint the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel 97 times.
Big fuss for a plane? here are some facts to put it in perspective:
- 72.7 metres long = 2 blue whales.
- 24.1 metres high = a 10-storey building = 5 giraffes.
- Qantas is adding 20 A380s to its fleet at a total cost of $6.7 billion. That's 3 times the GDP of Greenland ($2.2 billion) or 13 Sydney Opera Houses.
- 80 metre wingspan = 35 wedge-tail eagles = twice the distance of the Wright Brother's first flight.
- 580 tonnes = 165 elephants = 19 cement mixers = 362 holden commodores = 6373 (flying) pigs.
- Fuel economy (l/100km): 1) The A380 only consumes 4.05 per passenger 100km (based on the 525 configuration). The Prius consumes 4.7l per 100km (combined driving mode) and the Hummer H2 guzzles
25l per 100km; 2) The A380 burns 17% less fuel per passenger compared to other large aircraft; 3) It produces less than 75g of CO2 per passenger (half the European cars manufactured in 2008); 4) Airbus
A380 - 4.05 l/100km, Toyota Prius - 4.71 l/100km, Hummer H2 - 25l/100km.
- 3000 suitcases. The cargo space of the A380, = 5.7 suitcases per person.
Data sources: 1. Norris, Guy and Mark Wagner, Airbus A380: superjumbo of the 21st Century. Zenith Imprint. Retrieved via Google Books, 31 October 2010: 2. "Singapore Airlines - A380, Engineering Marvel".
Singapore Airlines, January 2008. Retrieved 31 October 2010; 3. "Airbus Aircraft 2010 list prices". Airbus, 22 March 2010. Retrieved 31 October 2010; 4. "Sydney Airport welcomes the A380", Sydney Airport,
27 October 2009. Retrieved 31 October 2010.
Flight Centre - Unbeatable.