The coolest features on the Airbus A380

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Currently, 14 airlines use the double-decker A380s, including Singapore Airlines, Emirates, Qantas, Air France, Lufthansa, British Airways, Qatar Airways and Etihad.

Each of these airlines have their own customised aircraft but here are some of the most awesome features to look out for.

On-board bar

Why wait for drinks to come to you when you can go to the drinks? Emirates, Etihad, Korean Air and Qater Airlines have stand alone bars with waiters on the upper deck of their A380s. You can stretch your legs, nibble on some olives, sip on a cocktail, and even make new friends in your plush bar in the sky.

The on-board bar is perhaps the best feature. Image: Roderick Elme

The on-board bar is perhaps the best feature. Image: Roderick ElmeSource:Flickr

Mood lighting

The Airbus A380 uses clever LED technology to set the mood, whatever time of day it is. So you get subtle lighting when its time to wake up, and different configurations as flight time continues.

Emirates and Asiana Airlines even have stars lit up on the cabin ceiling in their upper classes. It might help you arrive at your destination feeling a bit more refreshed.

The Residence

For the ultimate flying experience, forget business class and first class and book a three-room suite for you and your partner on an Etihad A380. You can relax on a long-haul flight on a leather double-seat sofa, watch a movie on a 32-inch flat-screen television, and fall asleep to pleasant dreams on a double bed in the bedroom.

Then, just before landing, you can freshen up in your ensuite shower room. The Residence comes with a butler and your own in-flight chef to prepare your meals.

Some airlines, like Emirates, Etihad, China Southern, and Singapore Airlines also have mini suites with closing doors, so you can lock yourself away from your neighbours and enjoy your fully flat bed and TV screen.

Or freshen up in the on-board spa. Image: Pyonko Omeyama

Or freshen up in the on-board spa. Image: Pyonko OmeyamaSource:Flickr

On-board lounge and spa

Business and first class passengers on many airlines using the A380 can congregate in an on-board lounge and mingle with other passengers while enjoying canapés or a coffee in the sky. Meanwhile, those travelling with Emirates and Etihad in Business and First Class can wash a way the strains of a long journey with an on-board shower spa featuring premium toiletries and relaxation products. Follow this up with a detoxifying fresh juice. Several airlines also have special changing rooms for their premium customers.

Better economy class

Some of the best things about the A380 also happen in economy class. The windows are larger than on most planes, which allows in more natural light, and you will certainly notice that it’s a lot quieter too on-board too. In fact, it’s up to 50 per cent quieter. There are also a sidewall storage compartments that come in handy for newspapers, headphones and books.

The interactive entertainment systems are among the best you’ll find on any aircraft, and you can also access the internet, although some airlines charge for this. The air quality is noticeably better than on other aircraft. The air is recycled every two minutes on an A380 to keep the atmosphere fresh, and, because the cabin is pressurised to the equivalent of a much lower altitude than on other planes, you arrive fresher at your destination.

This article originally appeared on Skyscanner Australia and was republished with permission.

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