My new favourite mode of transportation is the Airbus A380. I got the last QANTAS Sydney to San Francisco direct flight when I left for the states a couple weeks ago, which left only LA to Sydney on the way back and happened to add 10 hours to my journey when you throw in having to wait around in terminals for connecting flights. The trip was made so much easier, though, by the fantastic A380.
I was a bit naughty and turned my GPS on when leaving LAX and found that between takeoff and reaching cruising altitude we have climbed at an average of about 45 degrees. I didn’t ever think that most commercial aircraft climbed that fast. The A380 has a higher cruising altitude than other aircraft such as Boeing 747s and this allows for a smoother ride with less turbulence. Also, this aircraft is surprisingly quiet. It was like traveling in a quiet car which made it easier to keep rested. Mercifully the seat next to me was empty so I was able to stretch a leg over. Let me tell you, and extra couple inches makes all the difference when you’re a 6 foot 4 dude on an aircraft.
I was able to catch some nice video of contrails forming off our wings.