A glance at the new Airbus A380 (search), which made its maiden flight Wednesday in France:

Length: About 240 feet

Weight: 308 tons

Height: 79 feet

Top speed: 677 mph

Passenger capacity: 555 in standard three-class configuration; 840 maximum.

Wingspan: 262 feet

Fuel tank capacity: 89,100 gallons

Engines: 4

Range: 8,000 nautical miles

Planned entry into commercial service: 2006, for Singapore Airlines

Orders: 154 from 15 carriers, including Air France, Lufthansa and Virgin