Five years ago the Airbus A380 leap above Changi Airport on its first commercial flight to Sydney. It’s hard to believe that five years have passed since this event happened.
Meanwhile, the Airbus A380 is something common at Sydney Airport with Emirates, Qantas and Singapore Airlines. Thai Airways expects to have a Sydney-Bangkok A380 service late next year.
Nonetheless, Malaysia Airlines canceled its plans to run an A380 from Sydney and Melbourne to Kuala Lumpur. Still, British Airways, Qatar, Virgin Atlantic, Asiana Airlines and Etihad will adopt the A380 as the flagship of their fleet.
Airbus has already manufactured 86 A380s and other 176 will be ordered. Each of them will cost A$377m (US$390m) each. Many of these A380s will be refreshed. Thus, the aircraft’s range will be boosted and its weight will be reduced, so there’ll be extra powers from the engines.
In 2020, a new superjumbo will be released, which is bigger than A380 and will be called the A380-900. There are airlines that have a great opinion about A380, but a bigger jet airliner would be perfect for them. Until now, only Air France-KLM and Lufthansa reported interest in a 1,000 seat version of the A380-900.
Even the new jet liner will look much better and will be larger, the A380 interior is also great. Its setup interior features a three-class configuration, a twin-aisle, twin-deck passenger cabin, which provide a high level of comfort and space. There is also optional lower deck use for rest areas, bar, business or various amenities that can make the A380 travel experience great.
If most airlines focus more on efficiency rather than luxury, the A380 offers both of them, which is great. It also uses great engines and new technologies to increase fuel efficiency. Until a new larger jet liner will emerge, the A380 will remain one of the world’s largest planes ever.