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Big or Small? (A380 vs 787)

Boeing and Airbus have been head-to-head in trying to dominate the commercial airliner market since 2001 (year Airbus SAS was established). Since then, both airliner manufacturers have pumped out thousands of planes and many new designs. The two most recent ones are the A380 "behemoth" from Airbus and the B787 Dreamliner "slick and fast" from Boeing. Both planes boast better fuel efficiency and lower operating costs but exactly which is better?


  • 49% more seating than the Boeing 747 and 4 times more than the Boeing 787
  • Expensive ($280 million)
  • More entertainment (bars and Jacuzzis)
  • The larger area of the A380 is possibility for many airlines to incorporate shops, arcades, and restaurants to make travelling much more enjoyable
  • Can be used to carry heavy cargo
  • More people one trip = less fuel (more fuel used per trip but less trips)
  • Very quiet

  • Fast and slick (means you get there faster)
  • Cheap
  • Less entertainment
  • Airports do not have to redesign to accommodate the 787
  • Lighter weight = less fuel (less fuel used per trip but more trips)
  • Very quiet
  • Pressurized for lower altitude and high humidity (sited from)
Specifications... (A380)

1. A380-800
  • Cockpit Crew: 2
  • Seating Capacity: 525 (3-class).
  • 644 (2-class).
  • 853 (1-class).
  • Length: 73 m (239 ft. 6 in.).
  • Span: 79.8 m (261 ft. 10 in.).
  • Height: 24.1 m (79 ft. 1 in.).
  • Wheelbase: 30.4 m (99 ft. 8 in.).
  • Outside fuselage width: 7.14 m (23 ft. 6 in.).
  • Cabin width, main deck: 6.60 m (21 ft. 8 in.).
  • Cabin width, upper deck: 5.94 m (19 ft. 6 in.).
  • Wing Area: 845 m2 (9 100 sq. ft.).
  • Operating empty weight: 276 800 kg (610 200 lb.).
  • Maximum take-off weight: 560 000 kg (1 235 000 lb.).
  • Maximum Payload: 90 800 kg (200 000 lb.).
  • Cruising Speed: Mach 0.85.
  • Maximum Cruising Speed: Mach 0.89.
  • Maximum Speed: Mach 0.96.
  • Take-off Run at Maximum Takeoff Weight (MTOW): 2 750 m (9 020 ft.).
  • Range at design load: 15 200 km (8 200 nmi.).
  • Service Ceiling: 13 115 m (43 000 ft.).
  • Maximum Fuel Capacity: 310 000 L (81 890 US Gal.).
  • Engines (4x): GP7270 (A380-861).
  • Trent 970/B (A380-841).
  • Trent 972/B (A380-842).

2. A380-800F
  • Cockpit Crew: 2
  • Seating Capacity: 12 couriers
  • Length: 73 m (239 ft 6 in)
  • Span: 79.8 m (261 ft 10 in)
  • Height: 24.1 m (79 ft 1 in)
  • Wheelbase: 30.4 m (99 ft 8 in)
  • Outside fuselage width: 7.14 m (23 ft 6 in)
  • Cabin width, main deck: 6.60 m (21 ft 8 in)
  • Cabin width, upper deck: 5.94 m (19 ft 6 in)
  • Wing area: 845 m² (9,100 sq ft)
  • Operating empty weight: 252,200 kg (556,000 lb)
  • Maximum take-off weight: 590,000 kg (1,300,000 lb)
  • Maximum payload: 152,400 kg (336,000 lb)
  • Cruising speed: Mach 0.85
  • Maximum cruising speed: Mach 0.89
  • Maximum speed: Mach 0.96
  • Take off run at Maximum Takeoff Weight (MTOW): 2,900 m (9,510 ft)
  • Range at design load: 10,400 km (5,600 nmi)
  • Service ceiling: 13,115 m (43,000 ft)
  • Maximum fuel capacity: 310,000 L (81,890 US gal),356,000 L (94,000 US gal) option
  • Engines (4 x): GP7277 (A380-863F)Trent 977/B (A380-843F)

Specifications... (787 Dreamliner)

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boeing_787#Specifications

Model787-3787-8787-9
Flight crewTwo
Passengers290–330210–250250–290
Length186 ft (57 m)206 ft (63 m)
Wingspan170 ft (52 m)197 ft (60 m)208 ft (63 m)
Wing sweepback32.2°
Height55 ft 6 in (16.92 m)
Fuselage height19 ft 5 in (5.91 m)
Fuselage width18 ft 11 in (5.75 m)
Cabin width18 ft (5.49 m)
Cargo capacity4,400 ft³ (124.6 m³) 28 LD35,400 ft³ (152.9 m³) 36 LD3
Empty weight223,000 lb (101,151.1 kg)242,000 lb (109,769.4 kg)254,000 lb (115,212.5 kg)
Maximum takeoff weight364,000 lb (165,107.6 kg)484,000 lb (219,538.7 kg)540,000 lb (244,939.9 kg)
Cruise speedMach 0.85 (903 km/h, 561 mph, 487 knots, at 40,000 ft/12.19 km)
Maximum cruise speedMach 0.89 (945 km/h, 587 mph, 510 knots, at 40,000 ft/12.19 km)
Range, fully loaded (not max payload)2,500 – 3,050 NM
(4,650 – 5,650 km)
7,650 – 8,200 NM
(14,200 – 15,200 km)
8,000 – 8,500 NM
(14,800 – 15,750 km)
Maximum fuel capacity33,528 US gal (126,917 L)36,693 US gal (138,898 L)
Service ceiling43,000 ft (13.1 km)
Engines (2×)General Electric GEnx or Rolls-Royce Trent 1000
Maximum thrust capability53,000 lbf (235.8 kN)64,000 lbf (284.7 kN)70,000 lbf (311.4 kN)

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