Entry into commercial service, with Singapore Airlines, was scheduled for March 2006. But the wing did break up when charged at a 1,46 load factor (1,50 is the minimal level for certification). Early 2006 first delivery was sheduled again this time before the end of 2006. But then delivery of the first airplane was delayed again about one extra year.
The A 380 can carry 555 passengers in a 3-class configuration.
The A 380 can fly up to 15.000 km.
149 firm orders have been placed (including 17 freighters) by January 2005. By november 2005 the airbus website indicated 17 Freighter orders and 132 passenger A380, which still gives a total of 149 orders. By january 2006 those numbers remained unchanged.
When you combine the announced orders by airline you reach 166 orders: Emirates (50), Lufthansa (15), Qantas (12), Singapore Airlines (10), Air France (10), Virgin Atlantic (6), Thai (6), Malaysia airlines (6), Kingfisher (5), China Southern (5), Korean Air (5), Ethiad (4), Qatar airways (2) .
Freighters: UPS (10), FedEx (10). In November 2006 FedEx cancelled their order, because of the delays, leaving only 15 orders for the 380F: UPS (10) and ILFC (5). Lesson for FedEx suppliers: don't be late. 2 Emirates 380F had been converted earlier to passenger A380.
Leasing: ILFC (10).
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