Over the past several days, there has been a lot of negativity floating around the internet and mediasphere about flying, especially in light of what happened on the United flight to David Dao being dragged off a flight. However, I wanted to focus on a positive and fun way to fly. It’s the Cruise Ship of the Sky, the Airbus A380 double decker passenger plane.
I admit, I still have yet to fly on one of these Airbus A380’s and I hope I get the opportunity to do it before the airlines phase them out entirely.
I call in the cruise ship of the sky because of it’s many features: First, this plane is HUGE, if you have ever seen one in person at the airport or even better, if you plane-spotted one landing or taking off, you know what I am talking about. Second, the interior of this plane is amazing. It’s modern, high-tech, spacious (even in economy class), and it has one of the best seat back entertainment systems compared to it’s competitors, from your personal TV you can even view the outside of the plane while flying from a forward-facing camera setup on top of the outside of the airplane. The First Class section features a bar, a small lounge, and a full size bathroom (with showers on some airlines), compare that to your normal airplane bathroom that makes your coat closet at home look like the Potala Palace. At the bottom of this blog post there is a video of the inside of the Airbus A380.
Quite a few airlines have added this airplane to their international fleet. One thing you will notice is that all the airlines that own these planes are airlines that are known for excellent customer service and an excellent flying experience. British Airways, Emirates, Lufhansa, and Air France are just a few are some of the airlines that use the Airbus A380. No American based airlines have the Airbus A380 in their fleets……surprise……. and if they did, they would probably turn the lounge, bar, and large bathroom into extra economy seating………Just kidding. In the United States, pickup trucks and SUV’s are getting larger and larger (and higher off the ground), while airplanes for international flights are getting smaller and smaller. Some transatlantic flights are even flown with narrow-body Boeing 757-200 jets.
All joking aside, it is my goal to be able to fly on one of these Airbus A380 jumbo jets before they are phased out as wasteful gas guzzlers. See below video of the inside of the Airbus A380.
Video courtesy of Airbus