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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 early 2014, some 35 airports worldwide accommodate daily A380 operations, with Airbus’ 21st century flagship performing 160 commercial flights each day.

Routes on which A380s have been deployed (through Dec 2013) are indicated on the world map below:

The globe-trotter

Airbus' A380 takes to the skies above the 2013 Paris Air Show
Airbus' A380 takes to the skies above the 2013 Paris Air Show

Singapore Airlines took delivery of the first A380 in October 2007, and began operations with Singapore-Sydney service. This carrier also is successfully using 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.

Service on the North Atlantic was introduced by Air France, which has operated its prestigious Paris-New York flight with the A380 since 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. The carrier also is using its A380s on flights from Paris to Tokyo and Johannesburg.

Qantas has been operating 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 – deploying 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 flies the 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 are 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 – provide service to Frankfurt, Tokyo and Paris after being used on Bangkok-Hong Kong and Bangkok-Singapore routes upon initial entry into service.

In July 2013, British Airways became the 10th worldwide airline to receive this 21st century flagship jetliner and inaugurated its long-haul operations with the A380 between London and Los Angeles in September.

Airport-friendly

The A380 has proven its ground compatibility during services across the globe

The A380 has proven its ground compatibility, having visited around 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.

As of April 2013, the A380 network covers nine out of the world’s top 10 international airports, and encompasses such major hubs as London-Heathrow; Paris-Charles de Gaulle; New York; Hong Kong; Frankfurt; Dubai; Amsterdam; Bangkok; Singapore and Tokyo; along with destinations such as Washington, D.C., Moscow, Rome, Manchester, Munich, Zurich, Toronto and other cities.