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.
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.
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.
Airbus A380 Spec Table
|Typical Seating||555 passengers|
|Airbus A380 Price (average)||US$375.3 Million|
|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|
|Wing Area||843 Square Metres|
|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
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