All About the A380

Everyone is talking about the A380 today. Find out why here

I live in the upper North Shore in Sydney (either that or the fringe of the North West, no one ever seems to be able to decide where exactly it is) and was taking my evening constitutional on Saturday when Singapore Airlines’ daily A380 flight from Sydney to Singapore took off and flew directly above me. There are two things I thought: 1) That’s one gigantic plane flying extremely low, 2) I wonder how bad my hair looks now that the turbulence from behind the plane has blown it all over the place.

OK, so it wasn’t low enough to ruin my awesome hairstyle, but it wouldn’t have been much more than a kilometre high. I’ve already seen them at airports (Sydney, London and Singapore) and have always been amazed at how they dwarf everything else aside from the Boeing 747-400 and 777-300ER, especially when one passed me as I was taxiing down a runway in a tiny little Airbus A320.

Anyhow, the A380 has hit the headlines today for two reasons. Firstly, Emirates is offering $99 one-way and $198 return airfares to Auckland from Sydney (see This is easily the cheapest way to experience the gigantic plane. Sadly though, when PopSci checked, pretty much all the special offer flights had been snapped up. And why not, it’s an unbelievable price. The deal ends today as well.

Secondly, the reliability of the plane has been called into question of late. Just recently Qantas had to ground their entire fleet, and Singapore Airlines has admitted to having problems as well. Now it was Emirates turn to face they heat. They admitted to the Sydney Morning Herald (here:…) that they had brought forward concerns to Airbus but played down the possibility that the issues were anything serious. Instead, they just called them routine requests for updates.

Angus Kidman, editor of Lifehacker Australia, took the time to put together a list of the flights that the A380 does (on all carriers) so that those wanting to get a piece of the action can without too much trouble. You can find it here:…

Have you travelled on an A380 or had an issues with your A380 flight? Let us know in the comments.

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