Airbus A380F


The Airbus A380F is a three-deck, long
range freighter capable of carrying payloads of 150-ton over non-stop ranges of up to 10,400 km with the lowest unit cost of any freighter ever. It derived from the Airbus A380-800 Superjumbo high seating capacity airliner. The aircraft special layout will bring new efficiency standards to the cargo aircraft market.

The A380-800F three decks can be filled with standard pallets and simultaneously accessible though five doors. These features and its growing potential make A380F well suited to high demand global supply chain management network. It is expected to enter into service in 2008.

As of 2004, Emirates (June 2003, 4 aircraft) and FedEx (March 2003, 10 aircraft) as launch customer have ordered the Airbus A380-800F freighter.

On 11 January 2005, Georgia-based (USA) UPS company agreed to purchase 10 Airbus A380 freighters with options for an additional 10. UPS would see the first aircraft delivery in 2009 and will continue through 2012. the engine to power these aircraft was not disclosed following the order announcement. The final contract between Airbus and UPS was signed in December 2005. In July 2006, UPS selected GP7200 engine to power its freighter fleet.

On January 18, 2005, the first Airbus A380 was unveiled at Airbus' facilities in Toulouse, France. The president of France, Jacques Chirac, the German chancellor, Gerhard Schroeder, and the prime ministers of Great Britain and Spain, Tony Blair and Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero, were present at the ceremony which marked an important milestone for the A380 program and Airbus company.

Airbus A380F Freighter first metal cut occurred on 12 April 2005 at Airbus' site in Nantes, France. By the way, Airbus expressed its commitment to put into service the first of such an aircraft with a capacity of 150 tons of cargo by mid-2008.

Airbus A380

Maiden Flight: Wednesday, April 27, 2005
IOC: Monday, October 15, 2007
Total Production: 239
Total Program's Cost: USD$43 billion

Airbus A380F

IOC: 2008
Production: 24
Unitary Cost: USD$250 million

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Airbus A380

Power plant:
GP7277 (4)
Trent 977 (4)

Accommodation: Crew 2

Dimensions: Height 24.1 m, Length 73 m, Wingspan 80 m

Weights: Max Weight 590 t, Min Weight 252 t, Payload 150,000 kg (330,688 lb)

Engine/s Performance: Thrust 306,000 lb (138,802 kg)

Performance: Max Range 10,400 km (5,616 nm), Top Speed 296 mps (Mach 0.89)

Other: Number of Engines 4

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