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Posted: 08 February 2005 at 11:55pm | IP Logged
Recent news is about Airbus's Jumbo Plane. Here with I have send some photographs of the Plane and It's Technical Details.. (Courtesy : sify.com)

1) For airports, the A380 will be a boost for business: '
By 2016, we expect 60,000 A380 movements a year at London Heathrow. This will enable nearly 10 million more passengers to fly to and from Heathrow with no increase in flights,' said Eryl Smith, of British Airport Authority (BAA) Heathrow.

2) Customers have committed almost USD$40 billion to buying the plane. The list price of A380 is USD$260 million. Airbus would need to sell 248 of the planes just to break even, say analysts.

Four-aisle. Four-engine.
Double-decker superjumbo.
Weight: 308 tonnes. Wingspan 80 metres (262 feet).
Overall length: 73 metres (239 feet).
Height: 24 metres (79 feet).
Maximum take-off weight: 560 tonnes.

4)In a standard three-class cabin configuration, the A380 will carry 555 passengers.

5)It can carry up to 840 in charter configuration, making it very economical.

6) With the unveiling of A 380, the world's largest passenger jet, Airbus could emerge as a monopoly in the emerging market of superjumbos. When it enters service in 2006, the A380 will set a completely new standard in air travel.

7) Passengers will enjoy the new way of flying with more comfort and more space. Airbus, a leading aircraft manufacturer with the most modern and comprehensive family of airliners on the market, is a global company with design and manufacturing facilities in France, Germany, the UK and Spain, as well as subsidiaries in the US, China and Japan. Headquartered in Toulouse, France. Airbus is an EADS joint Company with BAE Systems.

8) Most technical problems that have dogged the programme have been resolved.

It was however 18 percent over budget and 1 percent overweight. Superjumbo's size limits it to the largest airports - according to an estimate about 29 airports by 2009 as against Boeing 747s, which can access 210 airports. Even the large airports must upgrade their facilities to enable the A380 to land.
For instance, London's Heathrow airport has to spend 450 million pounds (643 million euros, 842 million dollars) to accommodate new Airbus A380 planes, the first of which was set to roll out of its hangar.

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