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Emirates' Airbus A380-800 Fact Sheet

Emirates' Airbus A380-800 Fact Sheet

Emirates was the first airline to order the A380 and has 45 on order for delivery ? more than any other carrier by far, and a full third of the firm orders received by Airbus for this new aircraft.

Emirates plans to use the A380 to meet on-going and forecast intense passenger and cargo growth on major trunk routes from its Dubai hub, including services to the U.K., Asia-Pacific and the Americas. § With air travel due to almost triple in the next 18 years and continued constraints on traffic rights and availability of landing slots, larger-capacity aircraft such as the A380 are key to Emirates' need to meet increasing passenger demand.

The A380 is the world's only twin-deck, four-aisle airliner. § The Emirates' A380s have been ordered in three configurations: - a low-density, long range three-class 489 seater - a low-density, medium range three-class 517 seater - and a higher-density, medium range two-class 644 seater

The Emirates' A380Fs will be three-deck freighters with a 150-tonne (330,000 lbs) capacity and a range of 10,400 km.

The A380 has the widest cabin of any aircraft in the world § Its floor area is 49 per cent bigger, and has 35 per cent more seats, than the Boeing 747-400. § The A380 provides 15-20 per cent lower seat-mile costs and ten per cent more range than its closest rival.

Compared to other aircraft, the A380 can carry more passengers further, thus maximising the use of existing airport slots capacity. § The A380 will be significantly quieter than today's largest airliner ? generating less than half the noise of a Boeing 747-400 on take off. § The aircraft consumes around 13 per cent less fuel than its closest competitor § It will be the first long-haul aircraft to consume less than three litres of fuel per passenger over 100 kilometres (95 miles per imperial gallon.)

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