Emirates’ very first mammoth Airbus A380 has racked up some crazy stats since first being delivered to the airline back in 2008. And after 3000 takeoffs, 20 million kilometres and 1.2 million passengers, it’s no wonder the plane’s first major checkup took a total of 55 days. Thanks to the magic of timelapse, though, you get to watch the whole thing go down in under two minutes.
The 500-tonne beast was stripped of a total of 1600 parts during the process, including the four 6.7-tonne engines. After inspecting the engines and essentially replacing the entire cabin, “it’s like having a brand new A380.” And come about 2020, they will have to do the whole thing all over again. [Digg, Australian Aviation]