Airbus A380-841 MSN003, original registration F-WWSA is the first A380 to enter service. First flown on 7 May 2006, it was delivered to Singapore Airlines on 15 October 2007 and made its first revenue flight on 25 October as Singapore Airlines Flight 380.
The flight took place between Singapore Changi Airport and Sydney Airport with this flight number used only for the inaugural flight - the airline has since used flight numbers SQ221/SQ222 on subsequent A380 flights.
Inaugural flight Edit
The first Airbus A380 commercial flight was widely publicised in the international media, with newspapers from all over the world reporting on it. 75 journalists from all over the world joined the flight, adding buzz to the event. The first commercial flight followed nearly two years of delays, largely attributed to the complexity of production.
Sale of tickets Edit
The sale of the tickets was conducted on an online auction on eBay. Bids raised ranged from a few hundred to a hundred thousand dollars. The highest bid was at US$100,380, from an Australian named Julian Hayward. He snapped up the "Suite Class package" which included two one-way tickets for the inaugural flight and the chance to "join SIA as guests for the historical delivery of the first Airbus A380 at Toulouse", as claimed by Singapore Airlines. SIA also announced that all proceeds from the flight, which amounted close to $2 million, would be contributed to various charities.
A total of 455 passengers were on board the inaugural flight from Singapore to Sydney. The plane took off at 8 am Singapore time (+8 GMT), and departed from Gate F31 at Terminal 2 after a simple ribbon-cutting ceremony officiated by SIA chief executive Chew Choon Seng.
The passengers enjoyed a party atmosphere on the flight. The passengers, who came from 35 different countries, were treated to champagne and caviar by the 30-strong crew. The plane carried two top chefs, one from Singapore and one from Sydney, who cooked up duck breast, lobster, wok-fried beef and noodles for the passengers.
At the airport in Sydney, hundreds of airport staff and aviation enthusiasts lined the fences outside the airport in Sydney to watch the plane land and passengers disembark. Seven hours after departure, at 3 pm, the plane landed safely at the airport.
Grounded for D Check
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