The Aircelle-equipped A380 fleet: 100 and counting
March 14, 2013
The global A380 fleet has reached the "century mark" with Airbus' 100th delivery of the double-deck airliner – which is equipped with Aircelle nacelles and thrust reversers.
Receiving the milestone A380 today was Malaysia Airlines, which is one of the four-engine jetliner's nine current operators. As the nacelle and thrust reverser integrator/supplier for both powerplant choices on the A380 (Rolls-Royce's Trent 900 and the Engine Alliance GP7200), Aircelle plays an important role in the aircraft's operational success.
Aircelle's advanced technology includes the first-ever use of an electrical thrust reverser actuation system (ETRAS) for the airline industry. The combined A380 fleet has logged some 100,000 revenue flights during its six years of commercial service, carrying an estimated 36 million total passengers with an average daily utilization of more than 13 hours. Worldwide, an A380 takes off or lands every six minutes – attracting passengers for higher load factors wherever it flies.
To date, more than 260 A380s have been ordered by 19 different customers, ensuring production of the very large aircraft for years to come.