Skiddoo were lucky enough to be invited by Qantas to take a tour and learn about their flagship A380 plane - the world’s largest passenger airliner. The A380 cabin has features to reduce traveller fatigue such as a quieter interior and higher pressurisation than previous generation of aircraft.
The mammoth size of the A380 jet engines is awe-inspiring (with a human featured for size comparison). These engines cost around $14 million EACH.
A Qantas engineer making some adjustments to an engine.
Our first stop inside the plane is first class, and boy is it swanky! Each passenger has their own compartment with a chair that swivels and expands into a flat bed and moveable screens that can be raised for privacy. The chairs also come with an inbuilt massage feature (which I thoroughly enjoyed trying out!)
We then descended a narrow and steep staircase to look at the flight attendant’s sleeping quarters. Although quite small, it gave them a place to lie down on their breaks and get some peace and quiet.
Further back we inspect economy. The A380 economy seats are up to 48 cm wide, giving more space than economy in previous aircrafts.
We go upstairs (yes, the A380 has multiple levels!) and inspect premium economy. With more leg room, noise cancelling headphones and a comfier chair, this section also has the benefits of priority check-in and a Neil Perry-designed menu.
Our next stop is business class. The Skybed lies flat ensuring you can have a great sleep. You are provided with Peter Morrissey designed pyjamas on selected flights and will receive a luxurious Malin+Goetz amenities kit.
The Business Lounge is adjacent to business class and provides refreshments, magazines and a large TV screen you can watch on the couch.
It was very exciting to be allowed into the cockpit! Surprisingly small (considering up to 5 pilots and co-pilots can fit in!) it’s dark and filled with numerous illuminated buttons, screens and gadgets.
Wondering where your luggage goes on a plane? Luggage containers filled with bags lock into the grooves on the floor to keep things from moving around.
And fear not, pets have a separate enclosed area at the back when they fly!
A huge thanks to Qantas for inviting us on their A380 tour – it was a great learning experience and a fun time!