Airbus A380 Spotting Guide


The double-decked Airbus A380 is the world’s largest commercial aircraft flying today, with the capacity to carry 544 passengers in a comfortable four-class configuration, and up to 853 in a single-class configuration that provides wider seats than the competition.

Asiana Airlines Airbus A380
Airbus A380 of Asiana Airlines

The A380’s two decks offer 50% more floor surface than the next largest aircraft, allowing airlines a variety of cabin configurations.

A380 Background and Development

In June of 1994, Airbus announced its plan to develop a very large airliner, designated the A3XX.

The resulting A380 has two full-length passenger levels, a main deck and an upper deck, which are connected by fixed stairs forward and aft.

The first A380, registered F-WWOW, was unveiled in Toulouse in January of 2005, and flew in April of 2005. Today, A380s are flown by members of all three major global airline alliances.

The first A380 was delivered to Singapore Airlines in October of 2007. Emirates was the second airline to receive the A380 and commenced service between Dubai and New York in August of 2008.

At the Paris Air show in June of 2017 Airbus announced the A380plus, featuring improved performance and better economics.

A380 Deliveries

A total of 234 A380s have been built as of January, 2019, when 13 airlines were operating the aircraft.

Airline A380s in Service
Emirates 109
Singapore Airlines 24
Lufthansa 14
British Airways 12
Qantas 12
Air France 10
Ethiad AIrways 10
Korean Air 10
Qatar Airways 10
Asiana Airlines 6
Malaysia Airlines 6
Thai Airways 6
China Southern 5
TOTAL 234

 

A380 Production

On February 14, 2019, Airbus announced in a News Release that Emirates is reducing the size of its A380 orderbook, and that the last delivery of a A380 is scheduled for 2021.

Emirates will now take delivery of 14 additional A380s to add to its fleet during the next two years.

The airline has also announced it will continue fleet growth with Airbus widebody aircraft, ordering 40 A330-900 and 30 A350-900 aircraft .

Airbus Chief Executive Officer Tom Enders stated that “As a result of this decision we have no substantial A380 backlog and hence no basis to sustain production, despite all our sales efforts with other airlines in recent years. This leads to the end of A380 deliveries in 2021.”


Airbus A380 Spotting Tips

The A380 is easy to spot, with its two full-fuselage passenger decks, a bulbous nose, and four engines under the wings. Shown here is an Emirates Airbus A380.
The A380 is easy to spot, with its two full-fuselage passenger decks, a bulbous nose, and four engines under the wings. Shown here is an Emirates Airbus A380.

Shown below is the landing gear configuration of the Airbus A380-800
landing gear configuration of the Airbus A380-800

Another view of the landing gear configuration on the Airbus A380
View of the landing gear configuration on the Airbus A380

Qantas Airbus A380 on final approach at the DFW Airport in Texas (Staff Photo, June, 2019)
Qantas Airbus A380 on final approach at the DFW Airport in Texas

Cockpit windshield arrangement on the Airbus A380-800
Cockpit windshield arrangement on the Airbus A380-800

 

Airlines Flying the Airbus A380

Singapore Airlines

Singapore Airlines Airbus A380

Emirates

Airbus A380 on the apron at DFW Airport

Emirates Airbus A380 on the apron at DFW Airport
(Photo courtesy of the DFW Airport)

Lufthansa

Airbus A380 at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX)

Lufthansa Airbus A380 at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX)

Qantas

Airbus A380 at the DFW Airport in Texas

Qantas Airbus A380 at the DFW Airport in Texas
(Photo courtesy of the DFW Airport)

British Airways

British Airways Airbus A380
(Photo courtesy of British Airways)

Air France

Air France Airbus A380
(Photo courtesy of  Air France)

Korean Air

Air France Airbus A380
(Photo courtesy of Airbus)

Ethiad Airways

Etihad Airways - Airbus A380-861
Richard Vandervord [CC BY-SA 4.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

Asiana Airlines

Asiana Airlines Airbus A380

Thai Airways International

Airbus A380-841, Thai Airways International AN2334366
Toshi Aoki - JP Spotters [CC BY-SA 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons

Malaysia Airlines

Malaysia Airlines Airbus A380

China Southern Airlines

China Southern Airlines Airbus A380-800 B-6136 (30959984551)
Melv_L - MACASR [CC BY-SA 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons

Qatar Airways

Qatar Airways Airbus A380

All Nippon Airways

All Nippon Airways Airbus A380
(Photo courtesy of Airbus)

 

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