A lot of travellers enjoy the treat of taking a flight on the Airbus A380 superjumbo. There are eight carriers who operate this aircraft on flights to Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Perth.

By number of A380 seats available, Sydney Airport ranks number 5 in the whole world. Melbourne is ranked 14, whilst Emirates’ hub Dubai by far is the busiest A380 airport.

Korean Air A380 at Sydney Airport
A Korean Air A380 at Sydney Airport

Why do people like the A380?

  • Reduces jetlag by circulating more oxygen through the cabin
  • More room to get up and walk around
  • Better for the environment than older planes as it’s more fuel-efficient
  • Engines are quieter than older planes
  • Carries many of the world’s best First Class products
  • Seven airlines have onboard bars for First and Business Class passengers
  • Two airlines have onboard showers for First Class passengers
Emirates A380 First Class shower
You get five minutes of hot water to take a shower when flying in Emirates A380 First Class

Why don’t people like the A380?

  • Restricted to high-traffic routes like Sydney to Singapore
  • Can take a while to board due to high number of passengers
Emirates A380 Business Class Cabin EK Trans-Tasman | Point Hacks
Given the number of passengers, A380s can take longer to board than other aircraft
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Which routes does the A380 fly on to and from Australia?

SydneyAbu DhabiEtihad
Dallas/Fort WorthQantas
DohaQatar Airways
GuangzhouChina Southern
Hong KongQantas
Los AngelesQantas
SeoulAsiana & Korean Air
SingaporeQantas & Singapore Airlines
MelbourneDohaQatar Airways
Los AngelesQantas
SingaporeQantas & Singapore Airlines
PerthDohaQatar Airways
A380 routes to/from Australia May 2019
Airbus A380 routes to and from Australia

Which airlines fly the A380?

To and from Australia, Emirates operates the most A380 flights, followed by Qantas, Qatar Airways and Singapore Airlines. Etihad, Asiana, Korean Air and China Southern also run A380s to Australia.

Etihad A380 First Apartment
Etihad’s A380 feature one of the world’s best First Class products

Frequently asked questions

Who has the most A380 aircraft?

Emirates by far has the highest number of Airbus A380s in its fleet, numbering over 110. Singapore Airlines and Lufthansa follow.

How many passengers can an A380 hold?

The maximum amount of passengers that an A380 can hold is 853. However, Airbus says the ‘typical’ layout holds 525 passengers. For example, Qantas has 484 seats on its A380s.

Does the Qantas A380 have wifi?

No, Qantas’ A380 aircraft do not feature wifi.

How much does an A380 cost?

The listing price for an Airbus A380 is approximately US$445 million.

Singapore Airlines A380 First Class Suite | Point Hacks
Singapore Airlines’ luxurious A380 Suites Class, with sliding privacy doors

Summing up

Flying on one of the A380 superjumbos is a special experience for many, especially when flying towards the pointy end of the plane. We’re lucky in Australia to have so many airlines flying the A380 here, especially to Sydney.

However, the economics of the A380 have worsened in the past few years, meaning that airlines are moving towards smaller, more fuel-efficient aircraft like the Airbus A350 and Boeing 787 Dreamliner.

Therefore, if you haven’t tried the A380 yet, or if you are a big fan of it, my advice would be to make the most of flying in the next few years as it will probably start to disappear.

You can check out all of our A380 flight reviews here.

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Which airlines fly the Airbus A380 to Australia? was last modified: November 14th, 2019 by Matt Moffitt