Factbox: Airbus A380, the world’s biggest passenger jet

(BestGrowthStock) – A Qantas Airbus A380 passenger jet flying to Sydney was forced to return to Singapore on Thursday due to engine problems but landed safely.

The plane was carrying 459 people. No injuries were reported.

Here some facts on the A380:

* The Airbus A380 is the world’s biggest passenger jet, capable of carrying more than 500 passengers.

* The plane made its maiden flight in 2005, and its first commercial flight, a Singapore Airlines flight from Singapore to Sydney, two years later.

* Deliveries of A380 jets to airlines have been repeatedly delayed. Orders for 234 of the aircraft had been placed by October 2010, and 37 planes were in operation worldwide.

* In September 2009, a Singapore Airlines A380 was forced to turn around in mid-flight and head back to Paris after one of its four engines failed. The superjumbo is designed to be able to carry on flying with only three engines.

* In April this year, a Qantas A380 burst two tires landing at Sydney airport. No passengers were hurt.

* The four-engined plane can fly 15,200 km (9,424 miles).

* Production of the A380 hit a snag in 2006 when it was discovered that wiring prepared in Hamburg, Germany, did not fit planes being assembled in Toulouse, France, due to incompatible software.

* European planemaker Airbus’ parent company is EADS

* Air France, Emirates, Lufthansa, Singapore Airlines and Qantas use the A380.

(Sources: Airbus website, Reuters stories)

(Compiled by Daniel Magnowski)

Factbox: Airbus A380, the world’s biggest passenger jet