Airbus A380 – The Future of Flying?

The Airbus A380 is the largest, most comfortable, spacious and quiet passenger aircraft to ever take to the skies. In May 2009 the Airbus A380 had carried over 1.5 million passengers and done over 41,000 flying hours.

Singapore Airlines was the first airline to start using the A380 on its Singapore to Sydney route and other airlines such as Emirates followed the Singapore Airlines lead.

The A380 is huge! 525 passengers can be seated in a typical 3-class configuration or over 850 passengers in an all economy seats configuration. As of November 2009 there have been 202 orders for the Airbus A380, but this is well short of the 400 needed for the project to break even.The development of the Airbus A380 and the forthcoming new Boeing 747 replacement shows that despite concerns over the effect on the environment caused by co2 emissions from aircraft there is growing demand for air travel and this demand is not likely to diminish any time soon.

As travel agents, we feel that it is vital that airlines strive to introduce the most environmentally friendly aircraft that are available and the A380 has been shown to use at least 20% less fuel than other similar aircraft.We also feel that the anti-flying lobby is wrong and that there are far worse things that cause damage to the environment than flying and these things should be far more of a priority to reduce than flying, but at the same time we welcome the introduction of aircraft like the Airbus A380 which offer a “cleaner” way for us all to travel the distances that we need to travel whether it be for business or pleasure.

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