Saturday, May 16, 2009

Air Bus 380

Simply put it's the world's largest passenger plane. It is also the heaviest and the costliest commercial passenger aircraft ever built. The super jumbo is gigantic, like a Titanic in the sky. It's tail stands seven stories high; and the plane is as wide as a soccer field, stretching 260 feet from wingtip to wingtip. It is also as long as two blue whales.
The A380 was unveiled with grand fanfare at the Jean-Luc Lagardere Final Assembly Line Hall in Toulouse , France , on Tuesday.
It can seat 555 passengers, about 30 per cent more than a Boeing 747; but it can actually hold 800 people.
When fully loaded it will weigh up to 560 tonnes. It has an 118-tonne fuel supply, which is more than two fully loaded Boeing 717s in weight.
Yet, it will be one of the fastest aircraft, capable of speeds of about 650 mph (0.85 Mach) and can fly up to 15,000 miles.
If you wish to buy it, it will cost you $281 million, but big discounts are available .

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Wing Span (geometric) 261ft 10in 79,8m
Wing Area (reference) 9 100ft2 845m2
Sweep (25% chord) 33,5 degrees

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