Hi MightyFalcon........

Thanks for the info.

BlackBox.......I guess you were right (if you were referring to the "8" in 380 that is). Sorry to have jumped your case. But I sure never had heard that business before of the "8" meaning "one window above another".

Also........Since reading your replies to this, I've done a Web search and came up with something kind of interesting on Airbus' new Super Jumbo. Take a gander at these proposed stats....................

"Two basic models are currently being marketed, the A380-800 (formerly A3XX-100) passenger model seating up to 555 in three classes and the A380-800F (formerly A3XX-100F) freighter version. Additional extended range, passenger/cargo, and stretched models are also under consideration. If all goes according to plan, the first A380 will enter service sometime in 2005 or 2006."

HISTORY:

First Flight planned for mid-2004

Service Entry

(A380-800) planned for October 2005 (with Singapore Airlines)

(A380-800F) planned for October 2007

CREW: 2 flight crew

PASSENGERS: (A380-700) 481 in three classes, 608 in one class

(A380-800) 555 in three classes, 840 in one class

(A380-900) 656 in three classes, 840 in one class

ESTIMATED COST:

(A380-800) $225 million

(A380-900) $246 million

AIRFOIL SECTIONS:

Wing Root unknown

Wing Tip

unknown

DIMENSIONS:

Length (A380-700) 222.56 ft (67.9 m)

(A380-800) 239.50 ft (73.0 m)

(A380-900) 260.26 ft (79.4 m)

Wingspan 261.83 ft (79.8 m)

Height 79.00 ft (24.1 m)

Wing Area 8,920 ft2 (830.0 m2)

Canard Area

not applicable

WEIGHTS:

Empty (A380-700) 575,405 lb (261,000 kg)

(A380-800) 606,000 lb (274,875 kg)

(A380-800F) 548,000 lb (248,570 kg)

(A380-900) 630,520 lb (286,000 kg)

Typical Load unknown

Max Takeoff (A380-700) 1,190,495 lb (540,000 kg)

(A380-800) 1,190,495 lb (540,000 kg)

(A380-800F) 1,285,295 lb (583,000 kg)

(A380-900) 1,300,725 lb (590,000 kg)

Fuel Capacity internal:

(A380-700) 575,185 lb (260,900 kg)

(A380-800) 575,185 lb (260,900 kg)

(A380-800F) 575,185 lb (260,900 kg)

(A380-900) 658,300 lb (298,600 kg)

external: not applicable

Max Payload

(A380-700) 160,935 lb (73,000 kg)

(A380-800) 187,390 lb (85,000 kg)

(A380-800F) 330,695 lb (150,000 kg)

(A380-900) 209,440 lb (95,000 kg)

PROPULSION:

Powerplant (A380-700) four Rolls-Royce Trent RB-967 turbofans

or four Engine Alliance GP-7267 turbofans

(A380-800) four Rolls-Royce Trent RB-967 turbofans

or four Engine Alliance GP-7267 turbofans

(A380-800F) four Rolls-Royce Trent RB-975 turbofans

or four Engine Alliance GP-7275 turbofans

(A380-900) four Rolls-Royce Trent RB-975 turbofans

or four Engine Alliance GP-7275 turbofans

Thrust (A380-700) 267,960 lb (1,192 kN)

(A380-800) 267,960 lb (1,192 kN)

(A380-800F) 299,435 lb (1,332 kN)

(A380-900) 299,435 lb (1,332 kN)

PERFORMANCE:

Max Level Speed at altitude: 595 mph (955 km/h) at 35,000 ft (10,675 m), Mach 0.89

at sea level: 390 mph (630 km/h)

cruise speed: 560 mph (900 km/h) at 35,000 ft (10,675 m), Mach 0.85

Initial Climb Rate unknown

Service Ceiling 43,000 ft (13,120 m)

Range (A380-700) 8,750 nm (16,200 km)

(A380-800) 7,800 nm (14,450 km)

(A380-800F) 5,620 nm (10,410 km)

(A380-800R) 8,750 nm (16,200 km)

(A380-900) 7,800 nm (14,450 km)

g-Limits unknown

KNOWN VARIANTS:

A380-700 Originally known as A3XX-50 or A3XX-50R, proposed extended range model with shortened fuselage for 481 passengers

A380-800 Originally known as A3XX-100, first production model seating 555 passengers

A380-800C7 Proposed combination passenger/cargo model based on A380-800 with room for 7 cargo pallets

A380-800C11 Proposed combination passenger/cargo model with room for 11 pallets

A380-800F Originally known as A3XX-100F, dedicated freighter based on -800 model

A380-800R Proposed extended range model based on A380-800 for 555 passengers

A380-800S Proposed reduced range model based on -800

A380-900 Originally known as A3XX-200, proposed stretch model with longer fuselage for 656 passengers

A380-900S Proposed reduced range -900 model

KNOWN OPERATORS: Air France

Emirates Airlines

International Lease Finance

Singapore Airlines

Qantas

Virgin Atlantic

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Now that site had some serious data, eh?