Remarkable footage reveals pilot’s perspective of China Southern Airlines Airbus A380 landing

  • The Airbus A380 is the largest passenger plane in the world 
  • The plane has a unique double-decker design 
  • A new clip shows what the pilots see during landing

Published on Jun 06, 2024 at 12:13 PM (UTC+4)
by Claire Reid

Last updated on Jun 21, 2024 at 3:54 PM (UTC+4)
Edited by Tom Wood

Rarely-seen footage gives an eye-opening view into an Airbus A380 taking off and landing. 

The super jumbo jets are the world’s largest passenger planes with a unique double-decker design – its bumper size means it can carry around 40 percent more passengers than other large planes.

In a clip posted on YouTube, from a channel called Superflanker Studio, we get to see a new perspective on what takeoff and landing is like for such a huge aircraft. 

READ MORE! Pilot performs unbelievable maneuver landing Airbus A380 nearly sideways

Take off and landing aboard a Airbus A380

Shot inside the cockpit of a China Southern Airlines Airbus A380 flight – the pilots can be seen safely strapped in and wearing aviators (what else?) while pressing various buttons and levels. 

It’s clearly just another day at the office for the team who don’t seem in the slightest bit bothered about the impressive task they’re carrying out. 

Later in the video, we see the plane coming in for landing and – again – the crew take it all in their stride as though they’re not attempting to land 560 tons of metal. 

The plane appears to land on the runway with a bit of a bump, but the pilots remain cool, calm, and collected, eventually bringing the A380 to a complete stop.

Coming in for landing

Earlier this year, a pilot landing an Airbus A380 went viral after footage of him performing an unusual maneuver was shared online. 

Due to incredibly strong winds at London Heathrow airport, the pilot was forced to make a ‘crab landing’ – a maneuver that gets its name because of how crabs move sideways across the beach. 

An incredible feat when you consider the sheer size of the plane

But while the Airbus A380 may have the title of the largest passenger plane, it doesn’t have the title of the largest aircraft out there. 

That goes to the Roc, which has a wingspan of 385-feet and is powered by six Boeing 747 engines. 

The plane, which was built by Stratolaunch, is designed to carry and launch hypersonic vehicles

The Roc is larger than an American football field and has the largest wingspan of any other plane – all of this means, the aircraft needs 12,000 feet of runway to take off.

If you want to see more – check out the Superflanker Studios YouTube Channel here.


Claire Reid

Claire Reid is a journalist who hails from the UK but is now living in New Zealand. She began her career after graduating with a degree in Journalism from Liverpool John Moore’s University and has more than a decade of experience, writing for both local newspapers and national news sites. Across her career she's covered a wide variety of topics, including celebrity, cryptocurrency, politics, true crime and just about everything in between.