A380 at the Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport

A380 at the Charles de Gaulle Airport, Paris

Photo: Dr. Jean-Paul Rodrigue, 2013.

The first A380 was delivered in 2007 and represented the first complete double deck commercial plane with a capacity of 525 passengers in a three classes configuration (more if two or single class configurations are used). Like preceding wide-body aircrafts (e.g. B747, B777, A330), the main purpose of the A380 is to link major hub airports with high capacity long haul services such as New York, London, Paris, Dubai, Hong Kong and Singapore. Due to its large size, the A380 offers more options for seating configuration (e.g. first, business, premium economy and economy), enabling a maximization of revenue. It is not uncommon to have the whole second deck devoted to first and business classes. Due to its large number of passengers, a A380 commonly requires at least two skybridge ramps (three more effective), which needs expended air terminal infrastructure.