16 Striking Photos That Showcase the A380’s Opulence

Feb 14, 2019

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With the news of the world’s largest commercial airliner being axed once final deliveries are made in 2021, we wanted to take a now-nostalgic look back at some of the opulence that the giant jet has enabled. Some of the most extravagant products in the sky were made possible thanks to the A380’s gargantuan interior, including Etihad’s Residence and Apartment suites.

While the A380 will be available to fly for years to come, we’ve likely reached the end of interior innovation within them. Pardon our sniffling — made particularly noticeable on Valentine’s Day — as we peruse a few shots that show off the best of what makes the biggest passenger plane in the world so special.

(Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images)
(Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images)

Dining on Emirates’ A380 is an experience unto itself. This is first class.

(Photo by Shutterstock)
(Photo by Shutterstock)

A stairway fit for a king. Or, a savvy points and miles enthusiast.

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(Photo by Shutterstock)

While United may try to cram a self-serve bar like this onto its new-fangled CRJ550 regional jet, the A380 will always hold the crown.

(Photo by Shutterstock)
(Photo by Shutterstock)

Lie-flats and business class suites are fine, we suppose, but clearly the A380 understood the importance of rest.

MSN003 Arrives at Tarbes-Lourdes for dismantling. Photo by Tarmac Aerosave
MSN003 Arrives at Tarbes-Lourdes for dismantling. Photo by Tarmac Aerosave

Even planes must one day meet their maker.

ANA's A380 smiles big for the camera (Photo courtesy of Airbus / ANA)
ANA’s A380 smiles big for the camera (Photo courtesy of Airbus / ANA)

Blade Runner meets Crayola.

If nothing else, the A380 proved that if there is a will, there is indeed a way. (Photo courtesy of Airbus / ANA)
If nothing else, the A380 proved that if there is a will, there is indeed a way. (Photo courtesy of Airbus / ANA)

Four engines, an unmistakable paint job and room for 500+ of your closest friends.

(Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images)
(Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images)

The bathroom in a new Park Hyatt? Actually, it’s just a taste of what’s possible aboard an A380.

(Photo by YASUYOSHI CHIBA/AFP/GettyImages)
(Photo by YASUYOSHI CHIBA/AFP/GettyImages)

If you’re planning a trip on an A380, you may want to board early and politely ask for a cockpit picture. You’ll be capturing history.

The lavatory of the Emirates Airbus A380. (Photo via Shutterstock)
The lavatory of the Emirates Airbus A380. (Photo via Shutterstock)

Don’t ever forget it: the A380 made showers on commercial jets seem totally normal.

(Photo by LEX VAN LIESHOUT/AFP/GettyImages)
(Photo by LEX VAN LIESHOUT/AFP/GettyImages)

With a wingspan of nearly 261 feet, an overall length pushing 239 feet and a height of over 79 feet, the A380 is Brobdingnagian in every meaningful way.

(Photo by Marina Lystseva\TASS via Getty Images)
(Photo by Marina Lystseva\TASS via Getty Images)

Breakfast in bed on an airplane. High five, A380.

(Photo by Nicolas Economou/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
(Photo by Nicolas Economou/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

With most flights, you leave the lounge to board. On an A380, you simply walk into a different lounge capable of flying 9,000 miles without stopping.

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A wider view of Emirates First Class aboard an Airbus A380 (Photo by JT Genter / The Points Guy)

Several TPG staffers have enjoyed memorable flights on A380s, including JT Genter’s experience in Emirates First Class.

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Enjoying the spacious cockpit of the Airbus A380 (Photo by JT Genter / The Points Guy)

Though, his time in the cockpit at a trade show no doubt rivaled his time in the passenger cabin.

Korean Air A380 Atlanta 2014
TPG’s Darren Murph looks out at Hartsfield–Jackson Atlanta International Airport from a business class seat on Korean Air, en route to Seoul–Incheon (Photo by Darren Murph / The Points Guy)

And if you fly it, and sit near the wing, you will get a sense of how truly immense this machine is.

What are you fondest memories of flying on an Airbus A380? Let us know in comments below!

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