I took a virtual tour of the #LufthansaA380, and was left speechless. If a virtual experience can make my jaw drop to the ground this way, I wonder what a real life experience will do.
First thing you obviously notice is the sheer size of it. It is BIG! The Hangar itself is huge, with its whole area being - Width 140m/459 feet, Height 27,5m/90feet, Floor 350m/1148feet, aptly built for the Giant to take rest. After flying all over the world, this giant beauty too needs its beauty sleep, right? Its maintenience is top level and according to Lufthansa's own standards that are even higher than Airbus's prescribed standards, figure that!
Just two coats of paint is applied on this beauty's body, compared to normal 3 in other planes. However, these two coats alone can withstand extreme temperature fluctuations, while making the aircraft much lighter too.
Even though its 4 Turbofan engines ( on the sides ) are massive in size, they are surprisingly much quieter than normal planes, and fuel efficient too! Made from Rolls Royce no less.
For 'Boarding' there are upto 3 bridges, for easy and fast boarding of the passengers. The first and business class have their own priority gates, while economy has two bridges for them, thus saving time.
Top quality 'Catering' is provided for the 500 onboard passengers that needs about 300 trolleys. The Sky-Chef's platform for the premium classes is at the height of 28ft. Food, beverages, pillows, blankets, newspapers and all miscellaneous items taken care of.
Bigger aircraft naturally holds more 'luggages' too. Fast system of loading and unloading of luggage is implemented by Lufthansa to save time for both departure & arrival.
So, lets first take a look at the 'Cockpit' itself, which is high tech with latest and best equipment. With just two clicks the pilot can have access to various information, manuals, maps and other documentation with a well networked system that is connected with ground controls.
The next thing came as a pleasant surprise. Its tail consist of the birds-eye view external 'Camera', from which live photographic information is transmitted to the cockpit for easy manevouring of the plane. There are other cameras too, giving exact view of the plane as well as the landscape. One can see these views in their seat's entertainment console as well 'live'.
79.8m/262feet, that is the whole length of the Lufthansa's 'Wings' ~ truly a masterpiece of sorts in aeronautical engineering. The special design makes flight smooth and less noisy.
My first stop was the 'economy class'. Intensely trained crew serve the passengers. Inspite of the large number passengers in economy; one receives good, fast and personalized service. A wide bodied air-craft, Lufthansa A380 makes its main deck look and feel spacious with its generous cabin design.
The newly developed seats are enhanced too, which are comfortable and with ample leg room. The touch-screen personal entertainment console give access to 50 programs, with something special for kids too, as well as the live camera that gives the flight's outside view and information related to it. I was impressed!
The seats are adjustable into 3 positions ~ upright seating, leaning, or full reclining position. But, not just that, they are flexible too and can be positioned between those 3 as well. The seat also has a unique 'shape system' designed to adapt to your body, providing ultimate relaxation.
It's entertainment program console has a new user interface and master control, with access to 100 films in multi-languages and international radio channels. There are games too, along with 3D Maps and live view of your entire flight route. Now, that's fantastic!
Sound insulated curtains and footfall insulation beneath the carpet keeps sounds to a minimum, thus ensuring an undisturbed relaxed sleep. The first class also provides a high cabin ceilinged personal wardrobe, with space to stow your luggage as well as it stock items such has blanket, pyjamas, laundry bag etc for use during the flight. Needless to say, the first class entertainment box has a far wider collection of programs to choose from. The 'Lufthansa Media World' can be navigated using a multimedia remote control, with a game pad on a larger and newly designed screen. And the live images of the flight makes it a fascinating experience no doubt!
A 'complete care' programe it has too, where everything is provided for. Each guests gets an exclusive kit, handed by the attendant containing premium items ( toiletries + cosmetics ) for use. Other essential items such as shaving cream, hair-brush, tooth-paste/brush etc are neatly arranged in the cupboards, along with a practical personal clothes bag to store clothes after changing.
Many airports around the world are fully equipped to handle the Lufthansa A380, with India too in the list, as it launches its new flights to and fro on the Delhi-Franfurt route. It is said, that the Frankfurt Airport has the best of the lot, handling almost 6 million passengers a year, so naturally I am eager to see and experience it for myself :-) Thus, my tour ended, and BIG dreams of flying this BIG plane began...
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