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Skiddoo takes a tour on the Qantas A380

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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.

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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.

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A Qantas engineer making some adjustments to an engine.

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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!)

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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.

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Further back we inspect economy. The A380 economy seats are up to 48 cm wide, giving more space than economy in previous aircrafts.

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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.

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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.

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The Business Lounge is adjacent to business class and provides refreshments, magazines and a large TV screen you can watch on the couch.

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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.

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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.

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And fear not, pets have a separate enclosed area at the back when they fly!

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A huge thanks to Qantas for inviting us on their A380 tour – it was a great learning experience and a fun time!

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