The A380 double-deck jetliner’s route network continues to grow as customer airlines expand their commercial operations to destinations around the world.
At the end of 2017, the global A380 fleet operated routes to more than 120 destinations and 60 airports, with Airbus’ 21st century flagship taking off or landing every two minutes on average.
As global air traffic continues to grow, the spacious A380 is the optimal solution for efficiently meeting increasing passenger demand. The A380 – which typically seats more than 500 travellers – provides immediate congestion relief for some of the world’s busiest airports by offering unrivalled capability to carry 60 per cent more passengers at the lowest cost on the market.
Airlines and airports benefit from this increased capacity – as extra passengers can be served at key hubs during high-value peak times. For example, one of the world’s busiest A380 airports – London Heathrow – has been able to serve millions of new passengers annually in recent years as airlines have adapted to capacity restrictions by using larger aircraft.
Airbus’ A380 also delivers superior environmental protection, resulting in 50 per cent less CO2 emissions per passenger than its nearest competitor. Further demonstrating the A380’s reputation as a good neighbour and sustainable solution is the jetliner’s low noise emissions. In many cases, the larger wing area of the A380 enables it to land significantly slower, which generates half the noise of competing large aircraft.
The A380 is highly compatible with existing airport infrastructure, allowing for smooth airline operations and differentiated services for passengers. It is designed to reduce time at the gate during critical stages for airlines: boarding and deboarding passengers and resupplying the galley for the next flight.
The A380 shares many key characteristics with smaller widebody jetliners, which means carriers can perform scheduled operations from Code E gates with minimal changes to infrastructure and ground handling equipment. The A380’s superior cabin architecture allows airlines to quickly board & deboard passengers from the plane – even without upper deck boarding, and to optimize catering time, done at the upper and main deck simultaneously for shorter turnarounds.
The ground servicing equipment for the A380 has been in service since the aircraft began commercial flights and is compatible with other widebody aircraft. The A380 is always capable of offering innovative concepts to improve airline branding. Upper deck boarding provides an additional possibility to offer passengers customized services. Many airlines today are offering a seamless transition from the ground to the air at these locations, with dedicated lounges for premium travellers that provide direct boarding to the A380’s upper deck.
Each airline benefits from the A380’s passenger attraction in a wide range of route applications – including short- and medium-range operations, in addition to long-haul service.