BA A380

Aircraft of the Month: British Airways A380

It was quite the scene at YVR recently when the British Airways Airbus A380 finally touched down at YVR after months of anticipation. The plane-spotting enthusiasts and the surrounding community turned up by the hundreds to catch a glimpse of the world's largest passenger aircraft as it touched down on 26L at approximately 6:40 p.m. on May 1. Truly a sight to behold, this double decker aircraft draws aviation enthusiasts and the general public alike who come out to YVR and watch the big bird land every day.

Flight Deck crew: Two
Length overall: 72.73 m (238 ft 7 in)
Wingspan: 79.75 m (261 ft 8 in)
Height: 24.45 m (80 ft 3 in)
Wheelbase: 31.88 m (104 ft 7 in)
Outside fuselage width: 7.14 m (23 ft 5 in)
Exterior fuselage height: 8.41 m (27 ft 7 in)
Wing area: 845 m2 (9,100 sq ft)
Aspect ratio: 7.5
Wing sweep: 33.5°
Maximum taxi/ramp weight: 577,000 kg (1,272,000 lb)
Maximum take-off weight: 575,000 kg (1,268,000 lb)
Maximum landing weight: 394,000 kg (869,000 lb)
Maximum zero fuel weight: 369,000 kg (814,000 lb)
Typical operating empty weight: 276,800 kg (610,200 lb)
Maximum structural payload: 89,200 kg (196,700 lb)
Maximum cargo volume: 184 m3 (6,500 cu ft)
Maximum operating speed at cruise altitude: 945 km/h, 587 mph, 510 knots
Landing speed: 240–250 km/h
Service ceiling: 13,136 m (43,097 ft)[320]
Maximum fuel capacity: 323,546 L (85,472 US gal)

British Airways will operate the A380 daily from Vancouver to London for the summer season. The largest commercial airliner in the sky, British Airways’ A380 can accommodate up to 469 customers in four cabins across two full decks. The First cabin features 14 luxurious suites with 30 percent more personal space than the previous generation. The A380 is optimized for wellness, with quiet, spacious cabins and an advanced cabin air conditioning system that allows 15 different temperature control zones and cabin air that is changed every three minutes. More info here.

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