The A380 operates on four GP 7200 or four Rolls-Royce Trent 900 engines. Recently, a Qantas A380 experienced the in-flight failure of one of the Rolls-Royce engines. The plane was able to land safely, and the fleet has not been grounded.
To date, Airbus has taken orders for 234 A380s, and 41 are in service. The plane can hold 84,600 gallons of fuel and is seen as one of the most efficient airliners in history when measured by the cost per passenger mile.
January 19, 2011 4:00 AM PST
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