A lot of travellers enjoy the treat of taking a flight on the Airbus A380 superjumbo. There are two carriers who operate this aircraft on flights to Auckland and Christchurch.
Why do people like the A380?
- Reduces jetlag by circulating more oxygen through the cabin
- More room to get up and walk around
- Better for the environment than older planes as it’s more fuel-efficient
- Engines are quieter than older planes
- Carries many of the world’s best First Class products
- Seven airlines have onboard bars for First and Business Class passengers
- Two airlines have onboard showers for First Class passengers
Why don’t people like the A380?
- Restricted to high-traffic routes
- Can take a while to board due to high number of passengers
Which routes does the A380 fly on to and from New Zealand?
Hint – there are not many! You may like to also consider routes from Australia.
Which airlines fly the A380?
To and from New Zealand, Emirates operates the most A380 flights, followed by Singapore Airlines.
Given New Zealand’s distance and population, it is more efficient and cost effective for airlines to operate aircraft like the A350-1000.
Frequently asked questions
Emirates by far has the highest number of Airbus A380s in its fleet, numbering over 110. Singapore Airlines and Lufthansa follow.
The maximum amount of passengers that an A380 can hold is 853. However, Airbus says the ‘typical’ layout holds 525 passengers. For example, Qantas has 484 seats on its A380s.
The listing price for an Airbus A380 is approximately US$445 million.
Flying on one of the A380 superjumbos is a special experience for many, especially when flying towards the pointy end of the plane.
Therefore, if you haven’t tried the A380 yet, or if you are a big fan of it, my advice would be to make the most of flying in the next few years as it will probably start to disappear.
You can check out all of our A380 flight reviews here.
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