On this day in 2005: Airbus A380 made its maiden flight from Toulouse


Time flies in this ever-changing aviation landscape and a massive symbol of that change has reached an anniversary today.

In April 27, 2005, the world’s largest passenger aircraft, the Airbus A380, took its maiden flight from Toulouse with 6 test crew members, flying for almost four hours and circling the Bay of Biscay before retuning to base. 

Flightglobal has been there ever step of the way to bring you all the programme updates as its customers gradually began receiving the aircraft (Singapore Airlines, Emirates Airline,  Qantas, Air France and soon to be Lufthansa) and passengers began to fly.

Here are just some of our highlights:

From the archive (to navigate through the pages click on the thumbnails on the left hand side of the page)

This aircraft more than no other has also divided opinion, some people marveling at this impressive engineering feat while others wondering whether such an aircraft can ever join the pantheon of great aircraft and match up to the 747s of this world.

You can join the fierce debate on AirSpace or feel free to comment below

Archive work: Georgia Ray


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