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- Taken by
- Robert Holmes
- Explore score
- 1.79 Gigapixels
- Date added
- Oct 30, 2012
- Date taken
- Oct 29, 2012
Lufthansa's Flagship Airbus A-380 taking off from Miami International Airport Enroute to Frankfurt, Germany. (Image
Lufthansa's first flight to Miami with the Airbus A380 was on June 11, 2011.
The Airbus A380-800 is a double-deck, wide-body, four-engine jet airliner manufactured by the European corporation Airbus, a subsidiary of EADS. It is the world's largest passenger airliner and, due to its size, many airports, including Miami International, have had to expand their facilities to properly accommodate it. The A380 made its initial flight on 27 April 2005 and entered initial commercial service in October 2007 with Singapore Airlines. .
The A380's upper deck extends along the entire length of the fuselage, with a width equivalent to a wide-body aircraft. This allows for an A380-800's cabin with 478 square metres (5,145.1 sq ft) of floor space; 49% more floor space than the next-largest airliner, the Boeing 747-400 with 321 square metres (3,455.2 sq ft), and provides seating for 525 people in a typical three-class configuration (8 First Class, 98 Business Class and 420 in Economy Class) or up to 853 people in all-economy class configurations. The A380-800 has a design range of 15,400 kilometres (8,300 nmi; 9,600 mi), sufficient to fly from New York to Hong Kong, and a cruising speed of Mach 0.85 (about 900 km/h or 560 mph at cruising altitude).
As of October 2012 there had been 262 firm orders for the A380, of which 87 have been delivered. The largest order, for 90 aircraft, was from Emirates.