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Airbus A380-841 (F-WWOW / 51 / MSN 001) from Airbus at the 46th International Paris Air Show (SIAE) 2005, Le Bourget (France)
Airbus's new Super Jumbo A380, the world's largest airliner, in its first public appearance after its first flight on 27 April 2005

The Airbus A380 is a double-deck, wide-body, four-engine jet airliner manufactured by Airbus. It is the world's largest passenger airliner, and the airports at which it operates have upgraded facilities to accommodate it. It was initially named Airbus A3XX and designed to challenge Boeing's monopoly in the large-aircraft market. The A380 made its first flight on 27 April 2005 and entered commercial service in October 2007 with Singapore Airlines. The A380's upper deck extends along the entire length of the fuselage, with a width equivalent to a wide-body aircraft. This gives the A380-800's cabin 478 square metres (5145 sq ft) of usable floor space, 40% more than the next largest airliner, the Boeing 747-8, and provides seating for 525 people in a typical three-class configuration or up to 853 people in an all-economy class configuration. The A380-800 has a design range of 15.700 kilometres (8500 nmi), sufficient to fly nonstop from Dubai to Los Angeles, and a cruising speed of Mach 0,85 (about 900 km/h).

Matthijs van Wageningen
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