Factbox: Sizing up the Airbus A380 double-decker

(BestGrowthStock) – The Airbus A380 superjumbo forced to make an emergency landing in Singapore after an engine fire is the world’s biggest passenger jet.

Here are some key facts on how these planes measure up:

* The plane cost 12 billion euros ($17 billion) to develop.

* The A380 double-decker is the length of eight buses and has enough room on its wings to park 70 cars.

* The plane is 15 meters wider, four meters taller, two meters longer and 118 tonnes heavier than the Boeing 747-400, which had reigned as the largest airliner for four decades.

* Cocktail bars, casinos, showers, libraries and sleeping quarters for staff are among novel ways airlines could use the A380’s space.

* At take-off the A380’s four Rolls-Royce Trent 900 engines will generate as much thrust as 3,500 cars. An alliance between GE and Pratt & Whitney is also supplying engines.

* The A380 is the second biggest plane ever built, topped only by the six-engine Antonov An-225 Mriya cargo plane, of which only two have been built.

* Howard Hughes’s ill-fated Spruce Goose flying boat, which flew once in 1947 and was designed to carry 750 troops, had a wider wingspan to incorporate its eight engines but was shorter than the A380.

(Sources: Reuters, Airbus)

(Writing by David Cutler and Jason Neely)

($1 = 0.7071 euro)

Factbox: Sizing up the Airbus A380 double-decker