What’s the World’s Largest Passenger Jet?

What is the World’s Largest Passenger Jet?

What is the World’s largest passenger jet?

The world’s largest commercial passenger aircraft is the Airbus 380 (A380).

With a maximum take-off weight of 560,000 kgs, the ‘Super Jumbo’ has two decks with a maximum passenger capacity of 853 seats. As well as being the largest aircraft, it also flies the longest route of Sydney to Dallas which is operated by Qantas.

It typically cruises at Mach 0.85 (roughly 550mph) at an altitude up to 43,000ft.

It first flew in 2005 and was delivered to its first customer, Singapore Airlines, in October 2007.

A380 & Covid-19

Due to its huge size and capacity, as of 2020, many airlines have temporarily grounded their A380 fleet in 2020 due to the Covid-19 pandemic, such as Emirates and British Airways. Due to the drop in travel demand, airlines are favouring smaller more fuel efficient aircraft such as the B787 Dreamline and the A350.

Some airlines, such as Air France, have permanently retired their entire A380 (nine aircraft).

A380 Specifications

  • Maximum Passenger Capacity: 853 People
  • Range: 15,700 km
  • Mmo: M0.89
  • Max ramp weight: 562 tonnes
  • Max take-off weight: 560 tonnes
  • Max landing weight: 386 tonnes
  • Max zero fuel weight: 361 tonnes
  • Max fuel capacity: 320,000 litres

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