Air International 2018-06
M.Broadbent - Super jumbo in service /Commercial/
Etihad's A380 A6-APA (msn 166), photographed just prior to delivery when it was still F-WWSS. The Gulf airline has ten A380s and like the other operators flies it on routes to large hubs.
The A380's size requires the use of specialist tugs, as seen herewith Lufthansa’s D-AIME (msn 61) on pushback at Frankfurt.
The A380 is the largest passenger airliner currently flying. Here one of the 12 in service with Qantas, VH-OQG (msn 47) is pictured departing Heathrow in December 2017.
Air France A380 F-HPJA (msn 3) on turnaround at Los Angeles. Airport invest in infrastructure such as extra boarding bridges to handle A380s.
: Underfloor cargo capacity is just one of many variables used by airlines when planning A380 networks.
With more than ten years' operations behind it the A380 has flown more than 190 million passengers and serves more than 60 destinations. Singapore Airlines was the first operator.
Premium travel on the A380 continues to evolve. An updated Qantas A380 interior which will debut in 2019 will feature a new business-class lounge area.
Singapore Airlines launched its new enclosed first-class suite in December 2017.