The new Airbus is very big

We went aboard the new Lufthansa Airbus A380 to see how it was putting the excitement back into flying.

The new Lufthansa Airbus A380 has just come into service – and the biggest aircraft in the world, in partnership with the planet’s most efficient airline – is set to put the excitement back into air travel.

We flew out – by regular, boring plane – to Frankfurt to be at the launch party of the Lufthansa A380 – at a time when it was still undergoing test flights and final checks.

If you’re at all interested in big boys toys, you can’t help but be wowed by this monster of the air when you get close to it. It’s 73 metres long with a wingspan of almost 80 metres and a maximum take off weight of 560 tons. I posed for a photo near the wheels and they were almost as tall as me. Weirdly, though, the massive wingspan helps means it can take off more easily than the smaller Boeing 747 jumbo jet.

The A380 can carry up to 853 people – although the generous seating plan on the Lufthansa plane means they will only be putting 526 passengers on board.

If you’ve got more money than you know what to do with, upgrade to their new first class. Their’s only eight seats in the first class cabin, each of them fully adjustable and able to turn into a completely flat bed, two metres long and 80cms wide. You even get your own wardrobe. Check out the diagram page of the August GT, out on 14 July, for the full low-down on all that.

If you’ve got even more money, you could just buy your own A380 for US$340 million. Don’t worry it’ll last you though – each one is expected to fly around 160 million kilometres in its lifetime.

Bargain airlines have ripped out what little glamour there was left in air transport. But, despite it’s name the Airbus doesn’t just feel like a glorified coach and I reckon you’ll feel just a little bit excited when you first get on board. Especially because, unlike me, you’ll be actually going somewhere, not just attending a party in an aircraft hanger somewhere near the freight terminal.

Lufthansa’s first A380 is already flying on their Tokyo route, with more planes and destinations to follow this year and next.

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