A380 in flight - © AIRBUS S.A.S. 2016 - photo by H.GOUSSÉ / master films

A380 | Unique passenger experience

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The A380 is a truly unique aircraft in more ways than one, and will continue to fly our skies for years to come. Just as its capabilities and operations are unique, connecting mega-cities across the world with the latest technology and cabin comfort, the A380’s services and support footprint continue to grow and are more than ever present to enable operators to get the most out of this incredible aircraft.

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UNIQUE OPERATIONS DESERVE OUTSTANDING SUPPORT

Just as the A380 will continue to fly the skies for many years to come, Airbus Services will continue to support and provide the most efficient services to A380 operators around the world.

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UNIQUE CAPABILITIES OPTIMISE PROFITABILITY

The A380's capabilities remain true enablers for operators looking to connect megacities while providing the latest comfort and technology aboard.

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UNIQUE OPERATIONS DESERVE OUTSTANDING SUPPORT 

Just like the A300 is still flying today and being fully supported by Airbus, the A380 is no different. Operators will continue to receive the same Airbus support and services for decades to come as for all our in-service aircraft.

Airbus support

Airbus’ objective is to maintain support for continuous operations, continue day-to-day support of existing operators and re-introduce support into operational service with the return-to-service of the A380 fleet following the COVID pandemic. This will be provided via a catalogue of services covering Continuous Airworthiness Management Organization (CAMO), storage and training refresh for example. Airbus training centers in Toulouse and Singapore will keep their capacity to train A380 pilots for the coming years.

 

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MRO network

Additionally, we commit to keeping a significant MRO network in order to provide the appropriate physical means to perform heavy checks worldwide.

Airbus Services is exploring new maintenance services for the A380 to reduce costs of maintenance and grounding time, as well as ensure enough capacity in the future, via strategic partnerships.

 

Skywise & Flight Hour Services (FHS)

Airbus is committed to continue proposing new services to improve aircraft efficiency. Even the smallest improvements implemented on the aircraft result in large gains for operators.

 

 

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The Skywise digital solutions allow airlines to get the most out of their fleet data and unleash the power of analytics. The A380 is no exception. Skywise Health Monitoring (SHM) for example, can improve the A380 operability, and deliver true gains for airlines by increasing dispatch reliability.

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Ease your maintenance with FHS

Airbus Flight Hour Services is a comprehensive material & maintenance service based on a contractual fixed hourly-rate payment. Solutions range from component supply, engineering and repair up to fleet technical management and full airframe maintenance, with guarantees on parts’ availability up to Aircraft On-Time performance.

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Cabin and system upgrades 

Similarly, cabin and system upgrades can result in valuable improvements for A380 operators. As the iconic aircraft is praised for its incomparable cabin comfort, amenities and passenger service, Airbus Services proposes to operators turnkey solutions including modification kits, Service Bulletins (SBs) and the embodiment of the upgrades, bringing latest cabin innovations and technology. Optimisation of the cabin with developments such as 11 abreast economy seating can also help to significantly improve the cost per seat and overall economics of the aircraft.

Resources and expertise established through linefit production have been secured to support in-service operators. A full digital mock-up (DMU) of each aircraft has been created to redesign every aspect in a 3D environment. 

Airbus Services with its versatile portfolio leads the A380 cabin upgrades being the right provider for operators.

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Flight operations

Airbus Services support A380 customers not only on their daily operations but also to plan and optimise ETOPS, as well as long and complex operations thanks to flight plans produced by N-Flight Planning (N-FP) provided by NAVBLUE.

 

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UNIQUE CAPABILITIES OPTIMISE PROFITABILITY

Although production of the A380 has ceased, the aircraft’s benefits and value continue to respond to operator challenges and needs.

The best to connect mega-cities

Even though the COVID pandemic has brought aircraft traffic to a stop, mega-cities have continued to grow. As traffic continues to recover, the A380 will remain the best solution for congested airports in the future and to maintain links between mega hubs.

Combining high capacity and Airbus commonality, the A380 is the perfect complement to smaller widebody aircraft (like the A330 and A350 families) so that operators can adapt capacity and meet demand based on seasonality. 60% of A380 operators today already also operate another widebody product.

 

Infographic - Projected Aviation Mega-cities by 2036 - There will be 95 Aviation Mega-Cities by 2036

Offering an unparalleled cabin

With regards to its unparalleled cabin, the A380 will continue to be the only aircraft to offer full cabin segmentation with its double deck. Operators can fully leverage a full deck dedicated to premium passengers (FC and J), while allocating another full deck to economy passengers and still reach over 400 economy passengers.

Another advantage of the A380’s cabin is its unique proposition to customise the cabins in ways no other aircraft can, with lounges, showers and luxurious suites. Adding to this its extremely low level of noise inside the cabin and wide personal space, it is no wonder that the A380 continues to be a passenger favourite.

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Displaying the latest technology

At its entry-into-service, the A380 was the first aircraft to introduce an extensive use of advanced materials, including 25% composites, 3% of Glass Laminate Aluminum Reinforced Epoxy (GLARE) and advanced alloys. This use of advanced materials provides a significant weight reduction versus the aircraft it replaces.

In addition, the A380 sports efficient engines and latest-generation systems and technologies making it competitive in today’s market.

 

Use of composites across Airbus aircraft airframes to lower structural weight

 

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