For number five in the TravelFacts series, I have 15 fun and fast facts about the airborne Goliath that is the Airbus A380.
1. Like me you may have thought that the A380 is the largest plane in the world. It is not! There is one more airplane called Antonov An-225, it is larger. It is Russian-made aircraft and built for cargo transportation only.
2. The A380 is 24.1 metres high, 80 metres wide and 72.7 metres long – equivalent to two blue whales, nose to tail. The planes weigh approximately 590 tons.
3. The wings of the plane are 54% larger than the wings of a Boeing 747 aircraft.
4. The giant plane has enough space to carry approximately 3,000 suitcases and 525 passengers.
5. The wings and engines of the A380 are made in England with the tail and fuselage being made in Spain and Germany. All parts are then “posted”to Toulouse by air, sea and land for assembly.
6. The internal working temperature of the airplane’s four engines is 3,100 degrees and the engines are of the same lengths as of Mercedes C-Series car.
7. The A380 holds 81,900 gallons of fuel weighing 560 tons. It burns 17% less fuel than other large airplanes at just four litres of fuel per 100km per passenger.
8. Only 20 runways in the world can handle the A380. Others are either not long or wide enough for A380.
9. 21 flight attendants work in an A380, working in five galleys. The flight attendants have rest apartments with beds provided for napping during long-haul flights – zzzzzz!
10. The giant plane flies at 43,000 feet, with maximum speed of 640 miles per hour.
11. 8,000 bolts are used to attach the three main parts of the aircraft. In total, an A380 comprises of four million individual components, produced by 1,500 companies in 30 different countries.
12. The A380 is a low-noise aircraft and uses light-weight and environmentally-friendly components. This aircraft also has the lowest emission than any other aircraft.
13. The aircraft is designed for 140,000 flying hours.
14. If all the wiring in the A380 is laid end to end, it will stretch from Edinburgh to London – that’s 320 miles.
15. More than 3,600 litres of paint is required to paint the exterior of the aircraft – but it is less than a hair’s thickness once dry.
You can visit Airbus in Toulouse Airport by reserving online with the complete tour costing Euros 22 for an adult and Euros 18 for a rugrat.
Contributor & photographer: Alexandra Pinhorn
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