Where is the A380 flying?
A global route network for A380s in airline service
The A380’s route network continues to grow as customer airlines expand their operations to destinations around the globe. As of January 2016, the A380 fleet operates 102 routes to some 50 global destinations, with Airbus’ 21st century flagship taking off or landing every three minutes on average.
Routes on which A380s have operated – or are currently flying – in commercial service through January 2016 are indicated on the map below:
Thirteen airlines had taken delivery of nearly 169 A380s as of September 2015, which are operating on routes around the world. In total, more than 100 million passengers have flown on Airbus’ 21st century flagship jetliner since its 2007 service entry.
Singapore Airlines took delivery of the first A380 in October 2007, and began operations with Singapore-Sydney service. This carrier has also successfully used its A380s on long-haul routes to destinations such as London, Paris and Zurich, as well as for the approximately 3-hour-plus Singapore-to-Hong Kong flight, and on the intra-Asia service linking Singapore with Tokyo.
Emirates – the largest single A380 customer – has expanded its route network since inaugurating operations with the double-deck jetliner in July 2008. In addition to service from Dubai to Bangkok, Beijing, Hong Kong, London, New York, Paris, Seoul, Sydney/Auckland and Toronto, Emirates has flown A380s on the shorter-haul, but high-density Dubai-Jeddah route.
Service on the North Atlantic was introduced by Air France, which began operations on the prestigious Paris-New York flight with the A380 in November 2009. Air France replaced two mid-sized “classic” widebody aircraft with the A380 on this route, allowing the airline to offer the same capacity with much higher economic efficiency, at significantly lower fuel consumption, and with lower emissions.
Qantas has operated its A380s since September 2008 from two cities in its Australian home market – Sydney and Melbourne, providing the jetliner’s first service to Los Angeles on the U.S. West Coast, along with routes to Dubai, London and Hong Kong.
Lufthansa joined the ranks of A380 operators in May 2010 – having deployed its growing fleet on routes between Frankfurt and Beijing, Houston, Johannesburg, San Francisco, Singapore and Tokyo.
Korean Air, which has a long-standing relationship with Airbus that dates back to 1974, received its first A380 in May 2011 and has ordered a total of 10 aircraft to help expand its global route network. As Airbus’ sixth international operator, Korean Air has flown A380 from its Seoul hub to selected destinations in Asia, North America and Europe.
The no. 1 A380 for China Southern Airlines entered revenue service in October 2011 with round-trip flights linking Beijing and Guangzhou. After this introductory domestic service, the airline began using the A380 on international routes starting with flights between Guangzhou and Los Angeles in October 2012.
In May 2012, Malaysia Airlines became the fifth airline in the Asia-Pacific region – and the eighth worldwide – to incorporate the double-deck A380 into its fleet. Malaysia’s A380s have been used in operations from Kuala Lumpur to London, Paris and Hong Kong.
Thai Airways International (THAI) became the ninth airline worldwide to incorporate the A380 into its fleet in September 2012. The carrier's A380s – which seat 507 passengers in a premium three-class layout – have provided service to Frankfurt, Tokyo and Paris after being used on Bangkok-Hong Kong and Bangkok-Singapore routes upon initial entry into service.
British Airways was the 10th airline receiving an A380, adding its initial in July 2013 and inaugurating long-haul operations with the double-deck jetliner between London and Los Angeles two months later.
In May 2014, Asiana Airlines took delivery of its first of six A380s on order, which is a key element in the South Korea-based carrier’s future vision and fleet modernisation strategy. Asiana – the 11th operator worldwide to receive Airbus’ 21st century flagship jetliner – initially deployed its no. 1 aircraft from Seoul on regional services in Asia to Tokyo, Hong Kong and Bangkok; before commencing long-haul routes to Los Angeles in the U.S.
Qatar Airways joined the ranks of A380 airlines in September 2014. Airbus’ 21st century flagship jetliner is taking this Gulf airline to new heights, enabling it to carry passengers even further while providing an unrivalled in-flight experience. Qatar Airways introduced service with its initial A380 between Doha’s Hamad International Airport and London Heathrow.
Luxury reached new heights on Etihad Airways’ A380, which features the Residence by Etihad™ – the world’s first private multi-room cabin on a commercial passenger aircraft – along with fully-private suites in its First Apartment section and the latest cabin advances for travellers in the new Business Studio. The initial A380 for Etihad Airways was delivered in December 2014 and debuted on the popular London Heathrow route.
The A380 has proven its ground compatibility, having visited more than 160 small and large airports worldwide to date.
Designed for airport compatibility
These operations have demonstrated the A380 is a very easy aircraft to accommodate in the airport infrastructure, which results from Airbus’ extensive cooperation with airlines, airports and ground service providers from the very early phase of the A380’s design and development.
The A380 network covers some of the world’s largest airports, encompassing such major hubs as London-Heathrow; Dubai; Hong Kong; Paris-Charles de Gaulle; Singapore; Amsterdam; Frankfurt; Bangkok; Seoul and Kuala Lumpur, along with destinations such as Washington, D.C.; New York; Tokyo; Moscow; Rome; Manchester; Barcelona; Munich; Zurich; Toronto and other cities.