Airbus Launches 'Green Giant' Jetliner

By transporting more people, the A380's fuel-burn rate per passenger will make it more environmentally friendly than most cars, Airbus says.

Published: 18-Jan-2005

Airbus calls it the "green giant."

The new Airbus 380 "superjumbo" jet, unveiled today in Toulouse, France, will carry 555 passengers (when configured for three classes of seating). Its wingspan stretches nearly the length of a football field—50 feet (15 meters) wider than any commercial plane in the air today. (See pictures of the A380.)

Airbus claims greater size equals greater environmental benefits. The new plane, the company boasts, will help ease the increasingly congested airspace. By transporting more people, the plane's fuel-burn per passenger will make it more environmentally friendly than most cars, Airbus says.

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