More seats than there are crustaceans in the world…yes, you read that right.
In what has the potential to change the face of the global travel industry for decades to come, a brand new A380 superjumbo called Emirates has said that it will begin operating the ever-expanding airliner in May, 2020. The new A380 will also be the first commercial airliner produced specifically for long haul travel.
Emirates, Dubai-based carrier, is one of the big pioneers of the new trend. It, along with Qatar Airways, O’Hare International Airport, and Lufthansa will launch the new A380, the world’s largest commercial airliner, into service.
“Today marks a significant development in the global economy as it provides long haul air travellers with something different from their competitors, and a truly outstanding flying experience,” said Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Chairman and Chief Executive of Emirates Airline and Group.
“This new airline can redefine what it means to be an airline with an A380,” he said.
The new long-haul aircraft seats 525 passengers in three classes; Premium economy, Upper class and Economy. It was designed to allow airlines to meet the demand for longer flights with unprecedented levels of comfort and functionality.
The new aircraft is 18 feet longer and 15 feet wider than any other large commercial jet. It can fly 1,900 nautical miles, and because of its unique carbon fiber fuselage and wings, also has 10 percent more fuel-efficient. It also has faster speeds, enabling for slower travel times. The new A380 is also 18 feet longer and 15 feet wider than any other large commercial jet. The new aircraft will accommodate 44 percent more seats, giving it the option to load up to 1,758 passengers, an increase of 425 over a Boeing 777-300ER. The A380 can fly 1,900 nautical miles, and will be able to load up to 1,758 passengers per flight.
The original A380 aircraft was designed back in 2005, and, since then, more than 60 airplanes have been built. This new Airbus is the fourth aircraft to be built under the A380 name.
“This announcement represents a major milestone in Airbus and the airline’s 125-year history and opens the door to an era of ultra-long-haul connectivity between Europe and the world’s fastest growing cities. We are confident that this new option will bring an incredible product and an exciting brand promise to our customers,” said Fabrice Brégier, Chief Operating Officer (Flights), Airbus Commercial Aircraft.
The new A380 has just one set of engines and is made up of a completely new carbon fiber structure. The new technology helps to reduce engine noise by as much as 60 percent, and provides higher efficiency, up to 60 percent of which will be derived from improved aerodynamics. A typical new A380 will boast twice the fuel efficiency as an equivalent Boeing 777.
The new A380 will sit on the world’s widest upper deck and features more privacy and meeting areas for business travellers. It will also have rooms for 16 first-class passengers in a reconfigured Economy Plus section.