Comparing airlines' Airbus A380s
British Airways received its first Airbus A380, the world's largest commercial passenger aircraft, in July and began flying it between LAX and Heathrow on Sept. 24. Now ten airlines operate the superjumbo jet, including Thai Airways, Malaysia Airlines, Korean Air, Lufthansa, Air France, Emirates, Qantas Airways, China Southern and Singapore Airlines. Here's a look at how these airlines have equipped their A380s.
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Lufthansa( Lufthansa )
Lufthansa designed its first-class cabin to make passengers forget they're flying. Noise-reducing materials within the cabin walls and sound-absorbing carpeting create what the airline calls "the world's quietest first-class cabin." Cabin lighting adjusts according to the time of the day.
Unlike Singapore and Emirates, Lufthansa steered away from enclosed suites in first class. Basing its design on tests and surveys, Lufthansa chose an open layout that places passengers in a communal setting. The airline eliminated overhead storage units to increase headroom, replacing them individual closets.