In addition to becoming the jetliner of choice for an ever-wider number of leisure and business travellers, the A380 also is pleasing its airline operators by increasing passenger traffic, strengthening the load factors and improving their market share.
Since its service entry, the A380 has drawn passengers even during downturns and captured new or existing traffic from competing aircraft flying the same routes – demonstrating the “A380 effect” in improving operating airlines’ market share.
In growing markets, the A380’s increase in capacity is magnified by a higher traffic increase, boosting load factors.
Did you know?
- The A380 is 15 tonnes lighter than it would be if made entirely of metal.
- The 4400m2 surface of the A380 is covered in three layers of paint weighing around 500kg.
- During take-off the A380 wing will flex upwards by over 4m.
The air in the A380 cabin is changed every two minutes, and the temperature can be selected between 18 and 30 degrees.
An A380 takes off or lands every three minutes.