Reading Time: 6 minutes Stock Quote: The Superjumbo Actually, we’re already too late to report the disruptive innovation of the Airbus A380 enabling Emirates to put established airlines companies under pressure. However, after the Arab airline Emirates reduced its order, there was no basis for a continuation of production as Airbus announced in February 2019. Sadly, Airbus scheduled the …
Airbus 380 in Action
While the Airbus 380 mainly flies long distances, there are also ultra-short flights. Emirates has been operating from Dubai to Muscat since July 2019. The 340 kilometres give a flight time of 1:10 hours. The record of the currently longest flight with an A380 is also set by the same airline, namely from Dubai to Auckland with a distance of 14,193 kilometres and a flying time of 16:05 hours respectively. That is quite close to the longest scheduled flight with an Airbus A350-900ULR, 16,700 kilometres and a breathtaking 18:45 flight time between Singapore and New York Newark by Singapore Airlines.
Actually, we’re already too late to report the disruptive innovation of the Airbus 380. It enabled Emirates to put established airlines companies under pressure. However, after the Arab airline Emirates reduced its order, there was no basis for a continuation of production as Airbus announced in February 2019. Sadly, Airbus scheduled the last delivery of an A380 for 2021.
The Boeing 747 Successor
The Boeing 747 sat for a long time on the throne of the largest passenger aircraft in the world. Hence, Boeing and Airbus talked for three years about building a joint successor. However, there was no agreement due to various reasons. Therefore the Airbus engineers started in 1996 to develop a superjumbo under the name A3XX.
Airbus examined various versions of a superjumbo. In the end, they decided on a plane with two floors and gave this giant bird the name A380. Already at the end of 1999, France, Germany, Spain and Great Britain gave the green light for the building of this Superjumbo. Shortly afterwards, the project got presented to various potential buyers. Emirates and Air France were the first airlines to buy this new Superjumbo. Even before the production of the primary components began in 2002, Singapore Airlines and Lufthansa also opted for the A380.
The first Airbus A380 flight took off on April 27th, 2005 at 10:29 AM local time, with 6 people on board from Toulouse/France.