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  • Who: Airbus A380

  • What: Highest capacity for a passenger aircraft (present day)

  • Where: Europe

The highest capacity jet airliner is the double deck Airbus 380 (manufactured by EADS (Airbus S.A.S.)), which first flew in Toulouse, France on 27 April 2005 and is due to enter its first airline service in October 2007 with Singapore Airlines. Whilst it has a nominal seating capacity of 555 seats, it has a potential maximum seating capacity of 853 depending on the interior fuselage fit. It has a wing span of 79.8 m (261 ft 8 in), a range of 15,000 km (9,320 miles; 8,000 nautical miles) and a cruising speed of Mach 0.85 (1049 km/h; 652 mph).

The A380 has 49% more floor area but only 35% more seats (in 555 seat configuration) than the previous holder, Boeing 747-400, thus allowing room for passenger amenities such as bars, gymnasiums and duty free shops.


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