We are in the Domodedovo airport of Moscow to meet Airbus A380 of Emirates company there. And yes, it’s the biggest passenger aircraft in the world.
It will be here only for two hours, then it will fly back to Dubai.
They should do a lot for this time! To let all passengers out, unload luggage, clean the both decks, bring food aboard, load luggage again and let new passengers in.
It started to be made in 2004, performed its first flight in 2005. The aircraft is twenty four meters high (like an eight storey building!).
Foreign aircrafts are fuelled in Moscow only in case or urgence. Once fully fuelled A380 can overcome 15 000 km (it’s the distance from Moscow to Sydney, for example).
A380 is not only the biggest but also the most fuel-saving liner. It consumes about three litres of fuel per each passenger for a distance of 100 km.
In a 3 class configuration the aircraft can accomodate 525 passengers, in a 1 class configuration the number of passengers reaches 853!
All the work is almost done.
These engines will lift the huge iron bird up in the sky soon.
Some water procedures.
Domodedovo is the first Russian airport that can admit aircrafts of such class.
The cost of the plane is $ 390 000 000!
And several pictures from MAKS 2011 air show.
It looks so massive on the ground!
And so elegant in the sky!