Singapore Airlines To Receive First Plane October 15
After two years of costly delays
and irate customers, there is light at the end of the tunnel for
Airbus' A380 superjumbo program. In line with the European
planemaker's announced plan of delivering the first A380 to
Singapore Airlines in October 2007, Airbus confirmed Thursday the
formal hand-over will take place on Monday, October 15.
After a dedicated delivery ceremony in Toulouse, the first A380
in revenue service will take-off for Singapore's Changi
International Airport within a couple of days. The new
double-decker-aircraft will commence the world's first A380
commercial airline-service between Singapore and Sydney on October
BBC News reports Singapore Airlines will auction off most seats
on that first flight on the online auction site eBay, with proceeds
going to charity. That auction is due to begin August 27; opening
bidding for economy class seats will start at $3.80, with Business
Class seats starting at $38. Bidding for a full-boat, luxury seat
in the airline's Suite Class wil start at $380.
"Everyone at Singapore Airlines is keenly anticipating the
delivery of this new plane... the first flight promises to be one
of the most exciting occasions in aviation history," said chief
executive officer Chew Choon Seng.
Airbus says the A380 is cleaner, greener, quieter and smarter
that current airliners. Per passenger, the A380 has a fuel
efficiency of 2.9 litres per 100 kilometers.