The A380 by-the-numbers: Impressive on all counts

12 September 2012 Feature story

The A380 is living up to its promises as this 21st century flagship jetliner is operated on an increasingly large global network – becoming a common sight at mega-city and hub airports around the world.

In operation with eight carriers (Air France, China Southern, Emirates, Korean Air, Lufthansa, Malaysia Airlines, Qantas and Singapore Airlines), the A380s delivered to date have accumulated over 600,000 flight hours, performing more than 72,000 revenue flights.  Average utilization across this total fleet is 13-plus flight hours per day.

“The A380 fleet is working really hard, and is doing well for its operators,” said Richard Carcaillet, the Airbus Director of A380 Product Marketing.  “Many airports have A380 flights from multiple airlines: As examples, New York and Hong Kong are served each by five carriers; while Tokyo, London and Singapore have scheduled flights from three different airlines.”

Carcaillet said the list of top 10 airports in terms of A380 operations is led by Dubai, followed by Singapore, Frankfurt, London-Heathrow, Paris-Charles de Gaulle, Sydney, Hong Kong, Seoul, New York-JFK and Tokyo-Narita. 

Emirates continues as the largest A380 customer – with 90 jetliners on order, and 23 of them in service.  An Emirates aircraft was on display this week during the ILA Berlin Air Show’s opening days, and is subsequently scheduled for departure to join the airline’s other A380s in their globe-trotting flights.

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