The Airbus A380 SuperJumbo, a new era in passenger Transportion

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The Airbus A380 Superjumbo

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University

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The Airbus A380 3 - 7

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On the 27th of April 2005, a new era in passenger airliners was made when the Airbus A380 Superjumbo airplane took to the air on its maiden voyage. The Airbus A380 Superjumbo is the largest commercial airplane ever built for commercial transportation. The Airbus A380 will have over 35 percent more seating capacity than a Boeing 747-400 which is currently the largest commercial passenger airplane in operation today. The accommodations for its passengers and the overall seating configurations will be second to none.

The A380-800 was originally designed to carry 555 passengers in a three-class configuration, 853 passengers in a single-class economy configuration (538 on the main deck and 315 on the upper deck). In May of 2007, Airbus began marketing the same airplane to customers around the world with 30 fewer passengers (525 passengers).

These passengers were traded for an extended range of 200 nautical miles and to enhance the accommodation of its first and business class passengers. The designed range for the A380-800 is an amazing 8,200 nautical miles. The second model being produced by Airbus will be the A380-800F (freighter). This freighter will carry 300,000 pounds (150 tons) of cargo for distances of 5,600 nautical miles. There are future plans for an A380-900 stretch version that will be able to seat 656 passengers or up to 960 passengers in an all economy class configuration. There will also be an extended range version with the same passenger capacity configuration as the A380-800.

The Airbus A380's wing is designed for a maximum take-off weight of 1,120,000 pounds (560 tons) in order to accommodate future versions. This will require...