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Building The World’s Biggest Airliner – The Airbus A380

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The Airbus A380 is a massive, wide-body aircraft designed and manufactured by Airbus. It is the only full-length double-decker jet airliner in the world and the biggest passenger airliner overall.

Airbus began conducting studies in 1988, and the project was unveiled in 1990 to compete with Boeing’s 747’s dominance in the long-haul market.

The project, formerly known as A3XX, was introduced in 1994. On December 19, 2000, Airbus announced the start of the €9.5 billion ($10.7 billion) A380 program.

On January 18, 2005, the first prototype was unveiled in Toulouse, and on April 27, 2005, it made its first flight.

On December 12, 2006, it was granted its type certificate by the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA).

Production peaked in 2012 and 2014 at thirty per year. Nonetheless, Airbus declared that A380 production would cease in 2021 after its biggest client, Emirates, lowered its final order in February 2019.

Emirates took delivery of its 123rd A380, the 251st and final aircraft delivered by Airbus, on December 16, 2021. The A380’s estimated $25 billion development cost was not recouped by the time Airbus ended production.

With a maximum certified capacity of 853 passengers, the full-length double-deck aircraft can accommodate 525 passengers in standard seating configurations.

The Rolls-Royce Trent 900 or Engine Alliance GP7200 turbofans powering the quadjet have a range of 8,000 nmi (14,800 km; 9,200 mi).

The global A380 fleet completed over 800,000 flights over 7.3 million block hours as of December 2021.

There were 237 aircraft in operation with 16 operators worldwide as of December 2022.

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