The giant multinational airliner (2007)

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Wednesday, 25 October 2017

2007 -

The world’s biggest plane, as of October 2017, made its first commercial flight on this day in the year 2007. The plane is called Airbus A380. The first flight held 471 passengers. It safely touched land in Sydney after departing from Singapore 7+ hours before.

Design and specifications
As of 30 September 2017, there are 216 of these giants traversing the world. It can hold up to 868 passengers and has a wingspan of almost 80 metres. Its top speed is 1,020 km/h. Without fuel it weighs about 361.000kg. It’s even double decked.

First class of all the first classes
Those who were lucky enough, or had enough money, to fly first class enjoyed many luxuries. They had double beds and a 23-inch television. In late 2008 the Emirates even introduced showers to the air giant and first-class passengers got 5 minutes of warm water. The plane is so large that the economy class got extra footwell. And what would a plane this big do without a proper bar? Of course, it’s in.

The plane is mainly used for international flights, which fits because it’s produced internationally. The wings are made by England, tail and fuselage by Spain and Germany. And finally, everything is assembled in France.

360 trivial fact
The massive flying hunk of metal was delayed for two years because of a fault in wiring. This is no shock when you find out that all the wires together are 514km (320 miles) long.


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