The world’s largest passenger plane, the Airbus A380, has taken off on its long-awaited maiden flight.
A truly enormous plane, an even bigger hangar to build it in, talk of a revolution in air travel, extravagant promises of airborne casinos, bars and shops.
The A380 took off from its production site in Toulouse with a crew of six and about 20 tonnes of test equipment.
Airbus, which is owned by European firm EADS and the UK’s BAE Systems, sees the A380 as the future of air travel.
Airlines will have to convince passengers they want to fly with as many as 500, and potentially 800, people around them: This is a plane that will have four aisles.
Perhaps to avoid criticism that its plane is designed to be ‘cattle-class’, Airbus has carefully marketed the A380 as a luxurious way to travel, its promo videos oozing spacious inflight shopping, showers, bars, and libraries.
The full size mock-up of the plane in Toulouse, France, even has an onboard waterfall. There is space for all this, but it is a brave airline that doesn’t fill that space with more seats.
Source: BBC NEWS
It is indeed a milestone in aviation history. Pero affordable din kaya para sa mga normal na pasaherong katulad ko ang presyo ng pamasahe nito? I doubt.