Definition of Airbus A380

This plane trading of category of the superjumbo is currently the largest in the world. Its height is equivalent to a seventh floor and its interior accommodates 850 passengers. It was designed to compete with another great aircraft, the Boeing 747.

The history of the Aribus A380 began in 1988 in the French city of Toulouse
Toulouse is the center of the French and European aeronautical industry, a sector that has historically been dominated by large US companies.
Airbus is a business consortium made up of four manufacturers from France, Great Britain, Germany and Spain. Its journey began in the 1970s by manufacturing small and medium-sized aircraft (at that time the Boeing company manufactured two out of every three commercial aircraft, including the legendary 747).
When the project for the new passenger plane was presented , there were many doubts about its economic viability and about technical aspects related to safety (the project was originally known by the acronym A3XX).

For 8 years, the company's engineers faced the greatest challenge of civil aeronautics and to avoid industrial espionage, those responsible for the project met in a semi-abandoned building.
The main problem faced was the size of the aircraft, its weight and the deck structure (until then, passenger aircraft had a single deck within a round fuselage and the new model introduced an ovoid-shaped fuselage). This and other technical innovations allowed the A380 to accommodate 25% more passengers than the Boeing 747 (this percentage represents 193 more seats than the competition ).
Finally in 1996 the project for the new superjumbo was completed and in 2005 the Airbus A380 was officially presented.

Other data of interest
The Airbus A380 is not entirely manufactured in Toulouse, as its wings are manufactured in the Welsh town of Broughton and the tail in the Andalusian city of Cádiz. Despite the high technology used, the assembly of the rivets is done by hand.
Each aircraft incorporates more than 40,000 connectors and about 100,000 cables, each of its engines weighs 6 tons and each aircraft has more than 9,000 square meters of surface (for its final finish it takes half a ton of paint and the work of 90 painters).
Although this plane offers all kinds of advantages, there is a drawback: only some international airports have the runways with the necessary dimensions for the landing and take-off of this superjumbo.

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