Although the A380 is made in Toulouse, Fʀᴀɴᴄᴇ, its parts are supplied from all across the continent of Europe. The horizontal tail plane is created in Sᴘᴀɪɴ, the fuselage is made in Gᴇʀᴍᴀɴʏ and Fʀᴀɴᴄᴇ, while the wings and Rolls-Royce engines are manufactured in the Uɴɪᴛᴇᴅ Kɪɴɢᴅᴏᴍ. All of it is assembled by ship and truck, all within precisely drawn and strictly enforced tolerance limits.
The maximum takeoff weight of the A380 is approximately 1.3 million pounds, which is 30% greater than the largest 747 model or seven Boeing 737-800s. It is now the only operating aircraft with a full-length upper deck. In order to fill the onboard showers, bathrooms, and galleys, it can hold up to 600 gallons of water. It can hold up to 85,000 gallons of fuel at once, which is about equivalent to 5,300 Toyota Camrys.
When the A380’s construction finally started in 2007 and customers started using it, Airbus was certain that orders would pour in. But it never came to that. Only Emirates was smitten with the big aircraft, buying 40% of all A380s built. The airline’s CEO, Sir Tim Clark, was a well-known advocate for the A380 and suggested to TPG in 2017 that additional airlines should purchase it while the program was still in place.
It should come as no sᴜʀᴘʀɪsᴇ that the A380 has the most seats of any aircraft ever constructed. The airlines that operate it offer a wide range of seat sizes, from 379 on some Sɪɴɢᴀᴘᴏʀᴇ configurations to 615 on Emirates’ high-density layout on particular itineraries. There is little doubt that those 615 seats set a world record for the most people ever on a commercial airliner.
Let’s watch the best cockpit landing video – A380 Landing KSFO San Francisco in the video below:
Source: PilotsEYE.tv | My personal Cockpit Jumpseat
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