The Airbus A380 is a large wide-body airliner that was developed and produced by Airbus. It is the world’s largest passenger airliner and only full-length double-deck jet airliner. Airbus studies started in 1988, and the project was announced in 1990 to challenge the dominance of the Boeing 747 in the long-haul market. The then-designated A3XX project was presented in 1994; Airbus launched the €9.5 billion ($10.7 billion) A380 programme on 19 December 2000. The first prototype was unveiled in Toulouse on 18 January 2005, with its first flight on 27 April 2005. It then obtained its type certificate from the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) and the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) on 12 December 2006. Due to difficulties with the electrical wiring, the initial production was delayed by two years and the development costs almost doubled. The full-length double-deck aircraft has a typical seating for 525 passengers, with a maximum certified capacity for 853 passengers. Airbus organised four teams of designers, one from each of its partners (Aérospatiale, British Aerospace, Deutsche Aerospace AG, CASA) to propose new technologies for its future aircraft designs. This plane, equipped with Rolls-Royce Trent 900 engines, flew from Toulouse–Blagnac Airport with a crew of six headed by chief test pilot Jacques Rosay. Rosay said flying the A380 had been “like handling a bicycle”. A380 components are provided by suppliers from around the world; the four largest contributors, by value, are Rolls-Royce, Safran, United Technologies and General Electric.
Jet Fuel: 4 Rolls-Royce Trent 900 Three-shaft High-bypass Turbofan Jet engines with Single annular combustor, single stage LP (fan), 8-stage IP axial compressor (IPC) and 6-stage HP axial compressor (HPC), 374.09 kN Thrust, 2,75,000 HP Power (Approx.), 43,100 Feet Cruising Altitude, 15,000 km Range, 903 kmph Cruise Speed, 1049 kmph Top Speed, 10 g/nm Average, 3,20,00 litre Fuel Tank
Jet Fuel: 4 Engine Alliance GP7000 turbofan jet engines, 363 kN Thrust
1 Variants: A380
2 Upholsteries: Fabric, Leather
2 Wheels: 22 inch alloy, 23 inch alloy
Price range: Rs. 668 crore – Rs. 3,714 crore (India)