Airbus delivers first A380 to Singapore Airlines

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  1. I bloody love this plane, the wings are just fantastic.

    Can't wait to see & fly in it from Manchester once Emirates get their fleet up and running.

    A truly stunning plane.
     
  2. A380 makes first passenger flight

    The world's largest passenger plane, the Airbus A380, has taken off on its first commercial flight - from Singapore to Sydney, Australia.

    Singapore Airlines took delivery of the huge plane dubbed the Superjumbo just over a week ago and passengers bought seats in a charity online auction. Passengers paid between $560 and $100,380 to be on the inaugural flight, Reuters notes.

    It can carry some 850 passengers but is carrying about 450 to Sydney. The Superjumbo's advent ends a reign of nearly four decades by the Boeing 747 as the world's biggest airliner.
     
  3. Looks rather bloated.
     
  4. 26/10/2007

    The Premier of New South Wales, the Honourable Morris Iemma MP, officially launched a part of Australian aviation history today as the Singapore Airlines A380 left Sydney's shores for Singapore, on the return leg of its historical First Flight.

    Premier Iemma was joined by Singapore Airlines Chairman, Mr. Stephen Lee, and Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Chew Choon Seng, Sydney Airport Corporation Limited Chairman, Mr. Max Moore-Wilton and Sydney Airport Corporation Limited Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Russell Balding, at Gate 57 prior to the departure of the flight.

    "The arrival of Singapore Airlines' A380 heralds a new era in civil aviation and redefines the experience of air travel," Mr. Iemma said.

    "The Airbus A380 can bring more tourists to our great city and State providing an important economic boost to local tourism operators.
    I can't think of a better way to inaugurate this new era of aviation than to reach out to the less fortunate in our world and to remind ourselves that human progress and prosperity belongs to everyone."

    In the presence of A380 passengers, Premier Iemma unveiled an honourary plaque to commemorate the aviation milestone. Customers were treated to a champagne send-off, complete with a celebratory A380 cake, as they prepared for their once-in-a-lifetime trip onboard the first commercial flight of the A380.

    Customers secured their place on the history-making flight by participating in a world-wide auction on eBay that raised US$1.2 million (approx AU$1.4 million) for charities across the globe - including Sydney Children's Hospital, Randwick and The Children's Hospital at Westmead.

    The Chief Executive Officer of Sydney Airport, Russell Balding, congratulated Singapore Airlines on making the first commercial A380 flight from Sydney a Charity Flight that supports Sydney's major hospitals for children.

    "The introduction of the A380 into service is an aviation milestone, and I congratulate Singapore Airlines on making it a truly community occasion.
    The A380's new-generation engines and its capabilities on take-off, combined with an advanced wing and landing gear design, mean that it produces significantly less noise and air emissions than today's largest airliner.
    This is good news for Sydney as the A380 means fewer, quieter and more fuel efficient flights are needed to move the same amount of passengers," Mr. Balding said.

    Singapore Airlines Chairman, Mr. Stephen Lee, added, "We would like to thank every customer onboard today's flight - the contribution to the funds raised for charities will make a difference to many less fortunate.

    "Today's flight will be an experience like no other, on an aircraft set to redefine premium air travel. We would like to thank the people of Sydney, and in particular Sydney Airport, for their hospitality during the A380's visit and we look forward to continuing our 40-year relationship with Australia well into the future," Mr. Lee said.

    The Singapore Airlines A380 will depart Sydney Airport for Singapore today. All the proceeds raised from the auction were split three ways between Singapore and Sydney-based charities, and a global humanitarian organisation:

    * One-third to Singapore's Community Chest
    * One-third split between The Children's Hospital at Westmead, and the Sydney Children's Hospital, Randwick, both in Sydney
    * One-third to Médecins Sans Frontières, also known as Doctors Without Borders

    Singapore Airlines will begin scheduled services with the A380 between Singapore and Sydney on Sunday, 28 October 2007.
     

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