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Plane Spotting, May 2016: Airbus A380

Welcome to Plane Spotting, a new series designed to educate employees about the various types of aircraft in operation at the Airport.  Each entry of Plane Spotting will feature a specific aircraft type and will cover a range of basic statistics that will help enhance recognition and general knowledge for that plane.  Among the provided information will be specific identifying features, general range information, cities served, and who operates the featured aircraft at SFO. 

Featured Aircraft for May, 2016:  The Airbus A380

The Airbus A380 is a double-deck, wide-body, four-engine jet airliner manufactured by Airbus. It is the world's largest passenger airliner, and the airports at which it operates have upgraded facilities to accommodate it. The A380 made its first flight on April 27, 2005 and entered commercial service in October 2007.

The A380's upper deck extends along the entire length of the fuselage, with a width equivalent to a wide-body aircraft. 



A380 statistics:

  • Length                                                                 238 ft., 7 in.
  • Wingspan                                                            261 ft., 8 in.
  • Height                                                                  79 ft., 1 in.
  • Fuselage Width                                                   23 ft. 5 in.                                           
  • Passengers
    • Typical 4-Class                                         544
    • Maximum 1-Class                                   853
  • Range                                                                   8,350 Nautical Miles
  • # of Engines                                                        4


A380 Statistics


Current Cities and Airlines being served by the A380 at SFO:

Emirates                         to            Dubai (DXB)       

Lufthansa                       to            Frankfurt (FRA)                

British Airways               to            London (LHR)                    

Air France                       to            Paris (CDG)         


View the FilePlane Spotting Presentation

For more information, visit the Airbus website.