Head to Head: Airbus A380 vs Boeing 747-8

Boeing and Airbus have been competing in the passenger jet market since the 70s, and until 2007, Boeing ruled the wide-body arena with its 747 airliner. Airbus finally  came up with an answer, the A380, which became the largest passenger airliner in the world when it was introduced. Not to be outdone, Boeing also updated the 747 by introducing the 747-8 Intercontinental. I finally got both models this year.

Here's how the two airliners compare in real life: 

Boeing 747-8
Length: 250 ft 
Wingspan: 224 ft 
Cabin Width: 20.1 ft 
Height: 63 ft 
Maximum Take-Off Weight: 448,000 kg
Max Passengers:  605
Range: 9210 miles
Price:  $357.5 million

Airbus A380
Length: 238.6 ft 
Wingspan: 261.6 ft 
Fuselage Width: 23.4 ft 
Height: 80.2 ft 
Maximum Take-Off Weight: 575,000 kg
Max Passengers: 853 (one class)
Range: 9755 miles
Price: $403.9 million

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