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Airbus A380 Specs

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Airbus A380 Specifications

The A380-800 has a standard seating layout for 555 passengers on two decks in a three class configuration. This will vary from airline to airline. QANTAS, for example, has fitted its aircraft out with 523 seats in three classes.  The A380 has 49% more floor area but only 35% more seats than the Boeing 747-400 which it was set to compete against (this is in the 555 seat configuration).  This allows more room for passenger amenities such as bars, gymnasiums and duty free shops at the airlines discretion.

The aircraft is equipped with four 70,000lb thrust engines, either the Rolls Royce Trent 900 or the General Electric / Pratt & Whitney Engine Alliance GP7200. Rolls Royce delivered the first Trent 900 engine in February 2004 and it made a successful first flight on an A340-300 test-bed in May 2004.

QANTAS Airbus A380 taxi for 34L at Sydney

A QANTAS (Queensland And Northern Territory Air Services) Airbus A380 taxis for runway 34 Left at Sydney. The appreciation of the sheer size of this aircraft makes you feel very small.

Goodrich will supply the engine sensor system for the Rolls-Royce Trent 900 and Ametek the sensor system for the Engine Alliance GP7200. BAe will supply Systems Controls and Hispano-Suiza will provide the FADEC (Full Authority Digital Electronic Control) system for the GP7200.

The take-off length for the Airbus A380 800 is 2,900m at maximum weight at sea level, ISA +15° conditions and the initial cruise altitude is 35,000ft. The aircraft complies with the noise emission limits of ICAO (Chapter 3, Schedule 16) for overfly, approach and side-on manoeuvres including stricter regulations of London Heathrow airport concerning take-off and landing. This enables aircraft operations at night.


The first Singapore Airbus A380 800 arrived in October 2007.

There are ten fuel tanks with a capacity of 320,000 Litres of fuel. Refuelling can be carried out in 40mins.

The 22-wheel Goodrich landing gear consists of two under-wing struts each with four wheels, two central under-fuselage struts each with six wheels and a twin nose wheel. Each landing gear supports about 167tonnes. Messier-Dowty supplies the nose landing gear with 350bar hydraulic pressure and Messier-Bugatti the braking and steering systems. Smiths Aerospace supplies the landing gear extension and retraction system. The load on the airport runways and aprons are of similar magnitude to that of a 747. ELDEC of Lynnwood, Washington, will provide the landing gear proximity sensing system.

The aircraft can complete a 180° turn within a width of 56.5m, which is within the 60m width dimension of standard runways.  The maximum operating speed is Mach 0.89 and the range is 15,000km or 8,000nm with the maximum number of passengers. The turnaround time at the airport terminal, including passenger disembarkation, cleaning, restocking and embarking the passengers for the next flight is a minimum of 90 minutes.


A Korean Airlines A380 800 on approach.

Airbus A380 Spec Table

Typical Seating 555 passengers
Airbus A380 Price (average) US$375.3 Million
Flight Crew 2
Length 73 Metres
Height 24.1 Metres
Fuselage Diameter 7.14 Meters
Cabin Length 50.68 Metres
Maximum Cabin Width, Main Deck 6.58 Metres
Maximum Cabin Width, Upper Deck 5.92 Metres
Wheel Base 30.4 Metres
Track 14.3 Metres
Wing Area 843 Square Metres
Wing Span 79.8m
Sweep, 25% of Chord 33.5%
Maximum Ramp Weight 562 tonnes
Maximum Take-off Weight 560,000kg (1,234,600lb)
Maximum Landing Weight 386,000kg (850,984lb)
Maximum Zero Fuel Weight 361,000kg (795869lb)
Maximum Fuel Capacity 320,000 Litres
Typical Operating Empty Weight 277,000kg (610,700lb)
Typical Volume Payload 664,000kg (1,463,869lb)
Powerplants A380-800 – Four 311kN (70,000lb), initially derated to 302kN (68,000lb), later growing to 374kN (84,000lb) thrust

Rolls-Royce Trent 900 or 363kN (81,500lb) thrust Engine Alliance (General Electric-Pratt & Whitney) GP-7200 turbofans.

Range with Maximum Number of Passengers 15,000 Km (8,000 Nm)
Maximum Operating Speed 0.89 Mach
Long Range Cruising Speed 0.85 Mach
Service Ceiling 43.000ft (13,100m)
Total Freight and Cargo Volume 171 Cubic Metres
Bulk Hold Volume 18.4 Cubic Metres
Maximum Volume of Pallets Under Floor 13 Pallets
Container Capacity Underfloor 38 LD3 containers

Airbus A380 Cutaway

Airbus A380 cutaway

This cutaway of the Airbus A380 gives an impression of the layout and position of many of the components of this Super Jumbo.


If there is more you want to learn about this airliner, please visit; A380 Home, A380 Order Book, A380 Assembly, A380 Interior and A380 History.
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10 thoughts on “Airbus A380 Specs

    1. Pisquali

      Hi and thanks for stopping by. In answer to your question, the dimensions of the vertical and horizontal stabilisers of the Airbus A380 are:
      Vertical Stabiliser (tail) = 2421.9 Sq ft
      Horizontal Stabiliser (each side) = 2314.8 Sq ft

      I hope that helps. Be sure to comer back as we add more pages to this site.

      Regards Peter

    1. Pisquali

      Hi Glen,

      I have been on the QANTAS A380 in business class and premium economy class a few times and each time was wonderful. There is definitely a great concept of space and the flying is so smooth.
      Fly well.

  1. David Svarrer

    Having flown the Airbus A380 800 now quite some times off late, I must admit it is very very comfortable flying as passenger … Good space, good air, and one got the feeling of a flight with space for the staff as well. So everything was not so squeezed…


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