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A Giant Lands at Heathrow Answered

The Airbus A380 has landed at Heathrow - it's first commercial flight to the UK.

It is huge!

24 metres high, 73m long, 80m wide - potentially carrying over 800 passengers, but instead they've installed enormous business class seat/beds, and first class passengers have their own rooms.

Even it's economy-class seats are two inches wider and longer than a jumbo's.

Yet they claim that it is more fuel efficient in terms of fuel per passenger per mile than an SUV such as a Rangerover!

BBC news story

Video - landing at Heathrow
> Watch the wings sag as the wheels take the weight!
Video - a tour inside the A380
Video - on board during the flight to the UK
Meet the man who's hobby is flying on the A380. He's single.

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Brennn10 (author)2008-03-28

It is too bad currently Heathrow has similar troubles to the Philadelphia Airport. Sadly... in the Philly, those troubles are constant.

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Firebert010 (author)Brennn102008-03-30

I was lucky enough to see it as I passed through the Philly airport recently. It was positively massive, I'm surprised the thing could ever get off the ground.

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Brennn10 (author)Firebert0102008-03-30

The mechanical force of lift never ceases to amaze us all.

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Kiteman (author)Brennn102008-03-30

Mechanical force? I thought it was tame gremlins...

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Goodhart (author)Kiteman2008-03-30

billions and billions......of butterflies.

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Kiteman (author)Goodhart2008-03-30

... with really sticky feet!

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Mr Tenacious (author)2008-03-30

i saw that, i was flying out the day after and i saw it!

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ll.13 (author)2008-03-18

Does it go Mach1 or even 2? xD -nuh uh.

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ll.13 (author)ll.132008-03-18

Oh, nice plane btw, but I do prefer Airbus Belugas :)

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