Saturday, February 07, 2009

LAX Airbus 380

We just landed in Los Angeles and were taxi-ing to our gate when something really large caught my eye. It was the new Airbus 380. Two years ago in France we saw one flying overhead. It is so large it hardly moves, but rather floats. Below is what I copied form Wikipedia about it:
The A380's upper deck extends along almost the entire length of the fuselage, and its width is equivalent to that of a widebody aircraft. This allows for a cabin with 50% more floor space than the next-largest airliner, the Boeing 747-400.[4] and provides seating for 525 people in standard three-class configuration[5][6] or up to 853 people in all economy class configurations.[7] The A380 is offered in passenger and freighter versions. The A380-800, the passenger model, is the largest passenger airliner in the world, but has a shorter fuselage than the Airbus A340-600, which is Airbus's next-biggest passenger aeroplane. The A380-800F, the freighter model, is offered as one of the largest freight aircraft, with a listed payload capacity exceeded only by the Antonov An-225.[8] The A380-800 has a design range of 15,200 km (8,200 nmi), sufficient to fly from Boston to Hong Kong for example, and a cruising speed of Mach 0.85 (about 900 km/h or 560 mph at cruising altitude).[5] It is the first commercial jet capable of using GTL-based fuel.


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