Sample Aviation Essay Paper on Airbus A380

Airbus A380

          Airbus A360 is a huge aircraft with the capability of carrying almost 555 passengers. The France based manufacturers, Toulouse, aimed at creating a large aircraft with a high-density tolerance and the ability to withstand long-haul routes such as Hong-Kong to London (Simons, 2014). This is a route that showed rapid growth in passenger traffic hence the need for a solution (Norris, 2005). With proper market studies and consultation with other 20 leading airlines, Airbus kick-started the program in 2000. It was manufactured to compete with the Boeing 747-400 and turned out to be more superior in different ways.

          The A380 is the most extensive commercial aircraft in the history of flying today. It has the capacity of 544 customers in a configuration of four-class, and up to 853 in a configuration of single-class, it features the main and the upper deck which is linked by stairs fixed forward and aft. The standard four-class cabins include; business, first, economy, and premium economy. Other features include four 70,000lb thrust engines (Andersen, 2001). For the Engine, they used either General Electric/Pratt & Whitney Engine alliance the most common one, the Rolls Trent 900. The Rolls Royce Trent 900 was the first to be successfully used in an Airline A380 (Moir et al., 2008). The takeoff length of the Airbus is 2,900m above the sea level when at maximum weight. This is when it is cruising at an altitude of 35,000ft. It also fulfills the noise emission limits regulated by ICAO which oversee approach, overflies, and side-on maneuvers. This includes the strictest London Heathrow airports regulations regarding take-off and landing. It is also equipped with ten fuel tanks with the capacity of holding 320,000 liters of fuel (Langton, 2008). Despite the many and large containers, refueling takes 40 minutes. To sum up, it is a big machine configured to run smoothly despite the bulkiness.


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Moir, I., & Seabridge, A. (2008). Aircraft Systems: Mechanical, Electrical and Avionics Subsystems Integration. Hoboken: Wiley.

Norris, G. (2005). Airbus A380: Superjumbo of the 21st century. St. Paul, Minn: MBI Pub.

Simons, G. (2014). The Airbus A380: A History.