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What's the Shortest Route Flown by the Airbus A380?

May 15, 2014 at 10:50 AM | by | ()

This week we've been covering off the world's shortest and longest flights on one of the most exciting aircraft out there, the Boeing 787 Dreamliner. Thus, it's time to switch it up and have a look at some superlatives for the Airbus A380.

The Airbus double-decker is a superjumbo which can fly up to 853 passengers in an all-economy class configuration. Usually these planes are outfitted with several classes, and carry around 525 passengers, but airlines like Korean Air only pack in 407 travelers. With these kind of seat numbers, the A380 is usually reserved for long-haul flights to increase efficiency, but there are a few short hops for the massive plane.

Emirates sends their jumbos the 2.5 hours from Dubai to Jeddah three times per day across the Arabian Peninsula. On such a short flight, premium passengers might feel a bit rushed to relax at their seat and still have time for few drinks at the in-flight bar.

At a close second, China Southern Airlines flies their A380 from their home in Guangzhou to the Chinese capital, Beijing. The twice-daily, 1,100-mile trip takes just under 3 hours. Depending on the departure time, passengers might either get an Airbus A380 or a 787 Dreamliner, so it's pretty much a win-win.

Coincidentally, China Southern used to fly the shortest flight between Guangzhou and Shanghai, but have since swapped that equipment for a narrow-body; the bean counters prevailed on this route!

{Photo: Rayme Gorniak/Jaunted]

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