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At 10 years young, the A380 continues to “spread its love” for passengers and airline operators alike

When the A380 performed its maiden flight 10 years ago this month, it was clear that Airbus was once again shaping the future of air transportation.   


A decade later, the company’s vision and passion for aviation are keeping the A380 at the forefront – providing a very large jetliner that is more than ever meeting passengers’ changing expectations and matching the evolving trends in air traffic, while generating significant revenue for its operators.


This is best illustrated by airlines’ current use of the A380 on nearly 100 routes to some 45 destinations, linking major airports, accommodating growing traffic on intense regional segments, connecting hubs to key city destinations and serving busy domestic flights.  On certain routes, A380s are operated on multiple frequencies – up to seven per day.


The A380’s unrivalled interior volume enables operators to choose the cabin configuration that meets the needs of their specific routes and passenger preferences.  


As an example, many airlines are incorporating a Premium Economy cabin, adding higher-revenue economy class seating while maintaining equivalent overall passenger count totals.  As a result, airlines are able to boost the average passenger yield and generate approximately $13 million in additional revenue annually for each of their A380s, according to Frank Vermeire, the Head of A380 Marketing at Airbus.


Airbus also is offering an 11-abreast Budget Economy class layout, which retains Airbus’ comfort standard with 18-inch-wide seats.


"But we aren’t stopping here, as we have some new cabin innovations that allow even more optimisation of the cabin space, thereby allowing us to add additional business and premium economy seats,” Vermeire added. “The new higher seat count configuration, together with the increase in yield, will generate up to $20 million each year in additional revenues per A380.”


The A380’s cabin enables further enhancements of first and business class offerings as well, including private three-room suites for the most discerning travellers, while higher density arrangements for the A380 also are possible – with one airline announcing a two-class 600-seat configuration.


In developing the A380, teams at Airbus set their sights high from the design and technology point of view, introducing innovations literally from nose to tail. This includes the Runway Overrun Prevention System (ROPS) for enhanced safety during landing, and the AFDX® backbone network technology for on-board data exchange – both of which are used on the A350 XWB, and have become recognised industry benchmarks.  


Airbus began its “Love at First Flight” marketing outreach in 2011, capturing passengers’ emotions after the initial A380 experience, a sentiment which keeps them coming back to their aircraft of choice.  


Sales of the A380 now total 317 from 18 customers – representing a 90 per cent share of the very large aircraft market. More than 150 A380s currently are flown by 13 operators, carrying approximately two million passengers every month.  Somewhere in the world, an A380 “shares the love” by taking off or landing every four minutes.


For additional information:

• See the A380 section on• Visit the A380 “Love at first flight” website

Etihad Airways’ A380 delivery continues the momentum for Airbus’ 21st century flagship jetliner

The number “13” was a source of great pride and celebration today as Abu Dhabi-based Etihad Airways became the 13th carrier to date to receive an Airbus A380 jetliner – which is setting new operational benchmarks in reliable service around the globe.

This milestone handover – the 150th by Airbus overall, which also marks the third such initial delivery to an A380 customer in 2014 – is yet another achievement in the strong relationship between the United Arab Emirates’ flag carrier and Airbus.

Etihad Airways began operations in 2003, and in 2013 transported approximately 11.5 million passengers. Currently, the carrier flies to 108 existing or announced passenger and cargo destinations in the Middle East, Africa, Europe, Asia, Australia and the Americas.

The Etihad Airways fleet incorporated 75 Airbus aircraft as of early December 2014 – consisting of 28 single-aisle A320 Family jetliners, 34 A330s and 11 A340s – which will be joined by an additional 115 Airbus-built aircraft on order. The total includes 62 A350 XWBs, making Etihad Airways the third-largest customer for this new-generation Airbus widebody jetliner in terms of order volume. In addition Etihad Airways was launch customer for the A330-200F freighter, further reinforcing its strong ties with Airbus.

With its milestone A380 aircraft now delivered, Etihad’s first A380 will make its debut on the popular London Heathrow route from Abu Dhabi International Airport, in December. By the end of 2015, Etihad Airways will have five A380s in operation, with plan to introduce the aircraft on the airlines’ Sydney and New York JFK routes.

This will expand the A380 network, which in early December included 94 routes to 44 destinations, flown by the aircraft currently operated by 12 customers.

Taking off or landing every four minutes on average around the globe, the A380 has become a true world traveller since its 2007 commercial service entry, with the combined fleet flying more than 75 million passengers. The global fleet has performed over 1.7 million total flight hours with an average daily utilisation exceeding 13 hours per aircraft.

These impressive figures have established the aircraft’s reputation as the “queen of the skies,” backed by the A380’s unique ability to capture traffic growth, offer superior levels of comfort to passengers in all classes of service and its efficient operating economics.

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The Amedeo leasing company firms up a milestone A380 order

12 February 2014


Underscoring the growing trend of “airliners for hire,” Airbus and Amedeo finalised a contract covering 20 A380s at the 2014 Singapore Airshow – offering a more flexible method for customers to access the double-deck jetliner’s unique benefits. The 20-aircraft agreement originally was announced at the 2013 Paris Air Show – when Amedeo was known as Doric Lease Corp.


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Airbus delivers the initial A380 for South Korea’s Asiana Airlines

26 May 2014


With delivery of its no. 1 A380, South Korea-based Asiana Airlines became the 11th operator worldwide to receive Airbus’ 21st century flagship jetliner. This aircraft was handed over to Park Sam Koo, Chairman of Kumho Asiana Group, by Airbus President and CEO Fabrice Brégier during a special ceremony today in Toulouse, France.


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Emirates Airline receives its 50th A380 jetliner

10 July 2014

Airbus marked a key milestone with the handover of Emirates Airline's 50th A380 aircraft, which was celebrated at a gathering held in Hamburg, Germany. During comments at the event, Emirates Airline President Sir Tim Clark highlighted the continued success of Airbus’ 21st century flagship jetliner in this carrier’s operations. 

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Asiana Airlines takes delivery of its first Airbus A380

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