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Technology

Greener, cleaner, quieter and smarter, Airbus’ 21st century flagship A380 is setting a new standard for the global aviation industry with its superior efficiency, profitability and operational effectiveness. Not only is it setting new passenger comfort standards, the A380 – which carries 575 people in a four-class configuration – also is raising the bar for environmental standards with its low fuel consumption and noise levels, as well as reduced CO2 and NOx emissions.

A380 specifications

Key figures

  Range 8 200 nm 15 200 km
Typical seating x 544 (4-class)
A380 Wing span Wing span 261 ft 8 in 79.75 m
A380 Overall length Overall length 238 ft 7 in 72.72 m
A380 Height Height 79 ft 1 in 24.09 m

Dimensions

Overall length 238 ft 7 in 72.72 m
Cabin length 163 ft 8 in 49.90 m
Fuselage width 23 ft 5 in 7.14 m
Max cabin width Main deck: 6.5 m
Upper deck: 5.8 m
Wing span (geometric) 261 ft 8 in 79.75 m
Height 79 ft 1 in 24.09 m
Track 47 ft 0 in 14.34 m
Wheelbase 104 ft 7 in 31.88 m

Revenue generation

The A380’s service introduction ushered in a new era of airline transportation for operators. Whether it’s being used to reduce the number of flights and create cost savings while maintaining capacity, or to offer more capacity with fewer takeoff slots, the A380 brings operators a wide range of commercial advantages.  

Furthermore, with two full-length decks, more space for every passenger, and a flying experience no other aircraft in the sky can match, the A380 has become a must-have ticket on every route it flies – resulting in a significant first-mover advantage for operators. 

Capacity

Pax
Typical seating 544 (4-class)
Max 853
Freight
LD3 capacity underfloor 38 LD3 38 LD3
Max pallet number underfloor 13 13
Bulk hold volume 505 ft³ 14.3 m³
Total volume (Bulk loading) 6 554 ft³ 184 m³

Performance

Range 8 200 nm 15 200 km
Mmo M0.89
Max ramp weight 1 272 lb x 1000 577 tonnes
Max take-off weight 1 268 lb x 1000 575 tonnes
Max landing weight 869 lb x 1000 394 tonnes
Max zero fuel weight 814 lb x 1000 369 tonnes
Max fuel capacity 84 600 USG 320 000 litres

Engines x4

GP 7200 GP 7200
RR Trent 900 RR Trent 900
Thrust range 70 000 lb slst 311 kN
Aircraft weights and capabilities shown are the highest values
Ranges shown are for typical passenger load

The A380’s cockpit – which is based on Airbus’ industry-leading flight deck design for its fly-by-wire jetliner families – features the latest advances in cockpit technology, including larger interactive displays, an advanced flight management system and improved navigation modes.


Enhanced awareness

The A380's main instrument panel incorporates eight identical and interchangeable Liquid Crystal Display Units, providing a primary flight display, navigation display, two multi-function displays, an engine warning display and a systems display. The increased display size provides increased perspective for pilots and allows for enhanced presentation modes as a vertical situation awareness function that presents a “vertical cut” of the aircraft trajectory incorporating flight path, terrain and weather information. 

A key A380 innovation is the use of an electronic library to largely replace the traditional paper documentation used by pilots. This library allows flight and maintenance crews to easily locate relevant operational information in the various flight manuals, lists and logbooks, while enabling an optimisation of performance and weight-and-balance computations.

Runway management

Airbus introduced its innovative Brake to Vacate technology on the A380, allowing flight crews to more effectively manage approach and landing by pre-selecting the optimum runway exit. This can reduce runway occupancy time by up to 30 per cent – significantly increasing the number of aircraft that can be handled by the world’s airports.

Advanced materials

By incorporating the latest advances in structures and materials, the A380 offers the lowest cost per seat of any widebody aircraft, over 15 per cent lower than its nearest competitor. This includes the use of advanced aluminium alloys for the wing and fuselage, along with the extensive application of composite materials in the centre wing box’s primary structure, wing ribs, and rear fuselage section. 

The A380 also uses Glare™ material in the pressurised fuselage’s upper and lateral shells. Glare™ is a laminate incorporating alternate layers of aluminium alloy and glass fibre reinforced adhesive, with its properties optimised by adjusting the number of plies and orientation of the glass tapes. This offers a significant reduction in weight and provides advanced fatigue and damage resistance characteristics.

Efficiency and reliability

Two new-generation engine options (the Engine Alliance GP7200 and Rolls-Royce Trent 900), combined with an advanced wing and landing gear design, make the A380 significantly quieter than today's largest airliner – enabling this very large aircraft to meet strict local regulations at airports around the world. 

With a new wing design and composite materials accounting for 25 per cent of its structural weight, the A380 is the most efficient aircraft all around. By producing only about 75 grams of CO2 per passenger kilometre, the A380 is helping the aviation industry's commitment to minimise greenhouse gas emissions. 

A380 reliability and maintainability is further increased with modern technology, including an enhanced onboard central maintenance system and variable frequency generators – which simplify the large aircraft’s electrical generation network. Hydraulic power is provided by two fully independent systems with an operating pressure of 5,000 psi., instead of the conventional 3,000 psi. This capacity for higher pressure results in smaller and lighter hydraulic system equipment, as well as less hydraulic fluid on board, proving how Airbus innovations continue to deliver efficiency in every area of aircraft design and manufacture. 

Orders & Deliveries

The interactive map above highlights the optimised range of Airbus' double-deck jetliner. To determine the aircraft’s range from a specific location, simply drag the cursor to any city or region. The area covered in blue will represent all possible destinations within its typical range.

Note: The range areas above illustrate the aircraft's nominal range.