Airbus has ended the debate about who rules the skies! The Airbus A380 has become the indisputable King of the Skies,’ relegating the Boeing 747 to her role as the Queen of the Skies.’ Some argue that size doesn’t matter. In the case of air transport, size does matter, and it is changing the dynamics of the airline industry in big ways.
Airbus A380 Ascends To The Throne
The Airbus A380 is a double-deck, wide-body, four-engine jet airliner manufactured by European Union manufacturer Airbus. It is the world’s largest passenger airliner, and the airports at which it operates have upgraded facilities to accommodate it. It was initially named Airbus A3XX and designed to challenge Boeing’s monopoly in the large-aircraft market. The A380 made its first flight on April 27, 2005 and entered commercial service on October 25, 2007 with Singapore Airlines. As of September 2016, Airbus had received 319 firm orders and delivered 195 aircraft; Emirates is the biggest A380 customer, with 142 ordered of which 83 have been delivered. Thai Airways International, British Airways, Qantas, Asiana Airlines, Qatar Airways, Etihad Airways and Air France are other operators.
The Airbus A380 Story
Join us on this amazing adventure of creating the King of the Skies.’ This feature is part 1 of a 5 part series which takes you through the process, from concept to manufacture to delivery of this jumbo jet. We encourage you to follow along and see the complete series below.