Airbus A380: Current Routes and Operators
The Airbus A380 is a behemoth, more like a flying ship than an airplane. Here’s a graphic comparing the A380’s size to that of the Boeing 787:
Unlike the Boeing 747, Airbus’ A380 upper deck covers the entire span of the plane’s body and thus gives it significantly more room–exactly 40% more square-footage than the B747, to be exact. This extra space allows the monstrous plane to hold up to 525 people in a typical three-class configuration or up to 853 people in an all-economy class configuration.
The record-setting capacity, along with the fact that airports must be modified to even accept the jet, have added to the allure and media hype of the aircraft; I mean, it was even rumored that a Saudi Price was working on a purchasing an A380 to be used as his very own flying palace:
So, how many A380s are out there and who operates them?
|Carrier||Active||Not Built||On Order||Other||Grand Total|
|China Southern Airlines||5||5|
|Federal Express (FedEx)||2||2|
|Korean Air Lines||10||10|
|Thai Airways International||6||6|
Source of data for this spreadsheet: Planespotters.net
Here’s a quick breakdown, by carrier, of cities/routes that are operated by the A380:
Not yet delivered
Not used on commercial routes
China Southern Airlines
Federal Express (FedEx)
Not yet delivered and won’t be used on commercial passengers routes
Korean Air Lines
Thai Airways International
Up next: The Top 15 Longest A380 flights in the world!
Feature image source: CC BY 2.5