During December 2000 Airbus announced the Airbus A380. With an estimated development cost of €8.8 billion, it had received 50 firm orders from 5 different customers.
The A380 made its maiden flight on 27th April 2005 and entered commercial service with Singapore Airlines in 2007, with over 150 now in service with airlines worldwide.
The A380 is not the largest aircraft ever built. This record is held by the Russian Antonov An-225, built for cargo transportation. The A380 is however the largest commercial passenger aircraft.
The A380's cabin provides 478 square metres of usable space, 40% more than the Boeing 747-8 and can accomodate up to 853 people.
The arcraft provides many mind blowing statistics: -
Contains 530km of wiring in each aircraft - Takes 3,600 litres of paint to cover the exterior
Has been designed to fly for 140,000 hours - Holds 81,900 gallons of fuel, weighing over 560 tons
During takeoff, the wing tips flex 13 feet - Only twenty runways are capable of handling the aircraft
By November 2014 the Airbus A380 had received 318 form orders, with Emirates having the largest fleet of 55 aircraft in service. As of June 2014 more than 65 million passengers have flown on the Airbus A380.