The Airbus A380, the largest passenger plane in history, landed at LAX (Los Angeles airport)
on March 19 2007. This eight-story-tall (80 feet from bottom to the top of the tail),
1.2-million-pound jet- “Airbus 380”, more than 239 feet long, which can carry 555 passengers
and has a 261-foot wingspan, was making its inaugural test flight from the Airbus headquarters
in Toulouse, France. It carried only 22 crew members, but was full of added instrumentation
for the test flight.
An identical A380 (this had about 550 passengers aboard and tested all boarding/flying
procedures) landed in New York within minutes of the Los Angeles touchdown. A 380 has two decks.
End of 2007: Singapore Airlines becomes the first carrier to put the A 380 in the air with
paying passengers, with about 480 ticket holders; Summer 2009: Lufthansa begin flying the
plane with about 549 passengers.
The European made Airbus A 380 produces half the noise of a Boeing 747, mostly because of
its state-of-the-art Rolls Royce engine. Its designed to have more than 850 seats in the
future if necessary.