- The Airbus A380 superjumbo is the largest and most expensive commercial airliner in history.
- It once promised to revolutionize air travel with unprecedented luxury, but it turned out to be mostly a bust for Airbus.
- The biggest A380 customer is Emirates Airlines, which operates 101 A380s and ordered an additional $16 billion worth of A380s in January.
- I'd never flown on an Airbus A380 or on Emirates Airlines. On a recent trip to Dubai, I decided to try them both out with an economy-class ticket for the 13-hour flight from New York to Dubai.
The Airbus A380 was supposed to be the plane of the future.
With a price tag of $445.6 million and room for as many as 800 passengers, the A380 was designed to be a game-changer for the aviation industry in the same way the Boeing 747 was in the 1970s.
But not a lot of Airbus' ambitions have panned out. For most of the A380’s decade in service, Airbus has struggled to find airlines willing to put the A380 into service.
Except for Emirates, an airline ranked as the Middle East’s largest, the world’s fourth largest, and rated the fourth best in the world.
Emirates operates 101 A380s, the most of any airline. In January, the airline ordered an additional 20 A380s, with an option for 16 additional jets. The deal, which single-handedly kept Airbus’ A380 program afloat, is worth $16 billion.
As a travel nut, I’ve always wanted to fly on an A380 and on Emirates Airlines. I’d heard excellent things about both, with many likening the experience to a throwback to the "golden age" of air travel.
When I was booking my trip to Dubai, I decided to splurge on the 13-hour nonstop economy-class ticket for a cool $1,145. Surprisingly, it was the same price for a round trip as a one-way.
Read on to see what I thought of my flight on Emirates Airlines, departing from New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport for Dubai International Airport, operated on an Airbus A380.
Good morning! After a hellish commute to the airport, I arrived at the gate a bit after 10:00 a.m. Luckily, they hadn't even started boarding.
That meant I had time to run and grab some pork buns from a nearby food kiosk — $4.50 apiece is no joke!