Flights: Airbus A380 versus Boeing 747-400
The choice of aircraft is an extremely important parameter whether booking flights for international or domestic journeys. Each aircraft has some distinct features, which set it apart from the others. Travelers might be confused about the implication of the choice of aircraft on the journey; contrary to this opinion, choosing an aircraft wisely has quite a significant impact on the flight fare. Two of the most popular names in the world of manufacturing of modern age jets are Boeing and Airbus, which have taken this aspect to the next level with initiation of state-of-the-art technologies in their models. There is a healthy competition between these and as a result, the world of aviation is benefited from their respective inventions.
Being the two most popular and leading manufacturers, it is obvious that there would be a comparative study between models of Airbus and Boeing. In this aspect, two aircraft – Airbus 380 and Boeing 747-400 have been the most talked about as these are the largest models of the two companies.
Boeing 747-400 is the best-selling jet of this company and its the largest make. It is based on the four-engine model and boasts a wide-body configuration just like its previous makes. A host of interesting features has been installed in this giant that have made it highly fuel-efficient and more friendly for the environment. Furthermore, one of the most distinguishable feature of this make is its 1.8 meters winglets that are mounted on wing-tip extensions of equal dimension. The cockpit is made of glass and accommodates to crew members, thus dispensing the utility of a flight engineer on board. This is mainly because of the fact that it has a horizontal stabiliser fuel tank, more fuel-efficient engines and improved fuselage (main body housing crew and passengers). With an upper deck, it has a maximum passenger capacity of 660, though it is dependent on different variants. Furthermore, it can fly continuously with full capacity for over 7600 nautical miles.
A380 – Largest in Business
Airbus A380 is the largest passenger aircraft currently in operation across the globe. It is double-decked with four engines and has a wide body configuration. It was first put to commercial usage by Singapore Airlines and has been one of the most talked about makes from Airbus. The upper deck is extensive for the entire fuselage length that allows seating capacity of 525 people in a normal three-class system and up to 853 fliers in a single class. It has a capacity to fly non-stop for 9800 miles with an approximate velocity of over 900 kilometres per hour. After its introduction in global aviation, it has become one of the most sough-after model with Emirates, a popular airline placing the maximum orders for it.
These two models have shown that new technologies can make air traveling a cheaper affair as well. New variations of these models are being worked upon to make a steadfast improvement in this aspect.