The Airbus A380 is a double-deck, four-engined airliner manufactured by EADS (Airbus S.A.S.) It first flew on April 27, 2005 from Toulouse in France.
Commercial flights are scheduled to begin in 2007 after lengthy delays.
During much of its development phase, the aircraft was known as the Airbus A3XX.
The nickname Superjumbo has become associated with the A380. The A380's upper deck extends along the entire length of the fuselage.
This allows for a spacious cabin with 50% more floor space than the next largest airliner, the Boeing 747-400, and provides seating for 555 people in standard three-class configuration or up to 853 people in full economy class configuration.
Two models of the A380 are available.
The A380-800, the passenger model, is the largest passenger airliner in the world, superseding the Boeing 747.
The other launch model, the A380-800F, will be one of the largest freight aircraft and will have a payload capacity exceeded only by the Antonov An-225.
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