About two weeks ago, I had the great opportunity to finally fly in the Airbus A380 super jumbo jet. I was on Singapore Airlines on a flight from Singapore to Tokyo. It was my first time flying on the A380, and I was quite excited…
The plane itself is remarkable. I’ve seen many documentaries on the Discovery channel on how it was made, and all the engineering challenges it faced due to the sheer size of this thing. To see it in real life really puts things in perspective. The plane is a double decker jet, and the wing span (end to end from the tip of each wing) is about 80 meters (which is about the length of 16 Toyota Camrys!). It is a monster powered by 4 rolls royce turbine engines, and I heard that even if one of the engines goes out, it can still fly on 3 engines! The plane is so huge that the airports who had A380’s land at their airports needed to modify their runway space and passenger recieving areas to accomodate this massive plane.
Close up view of the cockpit section of the A380
Notice how the catering trucks need to load the supplies on the bottom and top decks!
A rough idea on how long the wing is, just reference it to the luggage carts below the wing.
The inside of the plane is quite nice. I sat in the upper deck while flying to Tokyo, and sat in the lower deck on my return trip back to Singapore. If you are flying economy (like me), be sure to request to sit in the upper deck if possible. There’s way more leg room in the upper deck. As for carry on luggage space compartments, I must say they did a good job in designing the interior to allow plenty of space for your carry on luggage! In addition, the sound proofing was amazing, it was by far the quietest flight I’ve been on. Just amazing considering the size of this plane!
The only draw back I experienced was that during the turbulence periods, or during landing or take off, you can really feel the plane shake. I’m guessing its because of the huge size of the plane as it is fighting the air currents outside. But then again, this maybe just me being paranoid… So this is it, my experience of the A380 I wanted to share with you all. Cheers!
Have you flown on the A380 before? Are you planning to fly on the A380? Please share your experiences in the comment section of this post!