10 things you need to know about Airbus A380

Emirates A380 operated a historic one-off flight to Accra on Tuesday October 2, 2018 and travel enthusiasts are eager to know more about the Airbus.

Jetsanza.com puts together 10 amazing facts about the double-deck, wide-body, four-engine jet airliner airbus.

Airbus 380 is manufactured by European manufacturer Airbus. It is the world’s largest passenger airliner and several airports have upgraded facilities to operate it.

These are some of the facts about Airbus 380

1. Singapore airliners were the first to receive the World’s largest passenger aircraft and the First flight was made from Singapore to Sydney with 450 passengers on board.

2. Other planes at the airport have to wait up to three minutes before taking off because of the turbulence from its four engines and wingtips.

3. The wingspan of the Airbus A380 is about 79.75 meters. That’s nine London’s Double deckers together

4. It can provide seating for 525 to 853 passengers.

5. Only Twenty Airports in the world have enough longer runways to handle the service of Airbus A380.

6. The A380 is the largest passenger aircraft in history of aviation with its maximum takeoff weight of 1235klb and it weighs 560 tonnes.

7. It requires about 3600 liters of paint to paint the exterior of the aircraft.

8. The A380 has a flying range of totally 15200 km, and also it is used for the two longest non-stop flights; Emirates Auckland – Dubai and Qantas Dallas/Fort Worth- Sydney.

9. The Airbus A380 is said to be one of the biggest Commercial Aircraft in the world, but the truth is that the biggest plane is Antonov An-225, which is much larger than A380.

10. On January 10 2006 , The Airbus A380 made its first flight journey from Medellin in Colombia.

‘Di Asa’ winner PM denied boarding plane to Dubai due to her size

Reliable information reaching Jetsanza.com indicate that PM, winner of plus size women reality show, ‘Di Asa’, was denied boarding a plane to Dubai due to her size.

As part of the prizes for the winners of the Atinka TV’s flagship reality show was a Dubai trip for the winner and two runner ups. However, only the first and second runner ups, Maafia and Gaza, were able to make the trip leaving the winner, PM, behind.

Jetsanza.com gathers that PM, who was travelling with the other winners on Emirates, was denied boarding despite successfully checking in her luggage in person.

Few minutes before being denied boarding, PM expressed her excitement about the trip and expressed gratitude to the Atinka Media Village for the opportunities given to plus size women.

Airlines are currently dealing with hundreds of suits over passengers who felt discomfort on long-haul flights after sitting next to plus-size passengers. Emirates Airlines cannot be blamed as you (the person reading this) won’t feel comfortable sharing your seat with someone on the plane.

What options were available?

Though PM’s body mass is higher than her runner ups, she could have made the trip if measures were put in place. Airlines require that passengers who cannot comfortably fit in a single seat purchase additional seat(s) at the time of making bookings. It’s always advisable for plus size passengers to purchase all the needed seats in advance before the day of travel. Emirates Airlines require that passengers with special needs contact the airlines at least 48 hours before their trip.

International rules on air carriage require airlines to make sure passengers are seated with their seatbelts fastened during taxiing, take-off, and landing. So if the airline does not have the means to ensure your safety on board, definitely you cannot be allowed to fly.

Most airlines remind obese people they will have to buy an extra seat if they are too large to fit in a standard seat ( That’s if they buy from the airline’s office in person).

Buying more seats was the only option for PM to sit on the plane comfortably. But her case could go beyond just her size. Weight of passengers are also of concern to pilots. Less weight means less fuel. Pilots will have to load more fuel if they know they are carrying more weight.

Ghanaian pilot Capt Quainoo to fly World’s biggest aircraft to Accra

Captain Solomon Quainoo is the Ghanaian pilot with Emirates Airlines who will be flying the biggest passenger aircraft in the world for the official commissioning of the new Terminal 3 at the Kotoka International Airport.

Captain Solomon Quainoo
Captain Solomon Quainoo

Educated at the Koforidua Secondary Technical and the University of Ghana, his career spans about 14 years with seven and half of it with Emirates Airlines.

He has operated different types of aircraft including Boeing 777 and A340 before gaining command to pilot the A380, the biggest passenger aircraft in the world.

He will be the man in the cockpit when Emirates operates the A380 to Accra, Ghana for the first time in a one-off flight when the Terminal 3 is inaugurated on Tuesday, October 2, 2018.

Graphic Online’s Samuel Doe Ablordeppey had a snap chat with this great Ghanaian who has traveled to many countries on all continents.

Watch the interview below:

Passengers sick on Emirates Airline’s Dubai-New York flight

Ten people have been taken ill after an Emirates airline jetliner arrived at New York’s JFK airport.

The plane was quarantined as those on board were checked by health officials. Several people were taken to hospital.

Emirates Airline: The passengers are being checked out by health professionals  PHOTO: CBS
Emirates Airline: The passengers are being checked out by health professionals PHOTO: CBS

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said that initially about 100 people including some crew had complained of illness.

Flight 203 from Dubai arrived at 09:10 local time (13.10 GMT) with 521 passengers on board.

Emergency vehicles were seen on the runway as it landed.

Soon afterwards, Emirates airline tweeted that the sick passengers were being attended to and those who were unaffected would be allowed to leave the plane.

The CDC said in a statement that is was “aware of an Emirates flight from Dubai that arrived this morning at JFK”.

“Approximately 100 passengers, including some crew on the flight, complained of illness including cough and some with fever.

“CDC public health officers are working with… officials to evaluate passengers including taking temperatures and making arrangements for transport to local hospitals those that need care.”

Later Eric Phillips, spokesman for New York Mayor Bill de Blasio, confirmed that the sick people were on their way to hospital.

Larry Coben, a passenger on the plane, posted pictures on Twitter of unaffected passengers being checked as they disembarked.

ABC News reports that the pilot raised concerns prior to landing that some of the passengers were coughing and experiencing high temperatures.

Food poisoning is suspected as a cause.

But Mr Phillips said that some of the passengers had originally come from the Saudi Arabian city of Mecca, which was currently experiencing a flu outbreak, and that this was also being considered as a possible cause.