A first-of-its-kind aircraft, the world’s largest, arrives in Singapore.
After a red-carpet arrival ceremony, the Airbus A380 — the biggest plane in the sky — will begin its inaugural flight from Singapore’s Changi Airport to Sydney, Australia. It will offer a first-of-its-kind service of an extra-long 20-minute flight, compared to flights today.
The new Qantas service will feature both the standard 27-hour one-way ticket, as well as the 20-hour special service. Those with regular tickets can board the A380 at the same time as Qantas passengers in economy and business class. Those travelling in business class will enjoy three times the amount of legroom as standard economy class passengers on Qantas; like the A380, business class also features personal seat-back entertainment monitors, shower facilities and satellite TV. An extra feature of business class is the use of iPads for entertainment on the A380.
At 3700-feet, the A380 is already longer than 10 average football fields. It will offer a total of 32 “spacious” and “powerful” seats in the A380 business class cabin, but on the way to Sydney it also offers 53 more in the business class cabins. “What I like about this plane is you have the flexibility of both,” said Qantas chief executive Alan Joyce. “They’re bigger than the first-class seats on a 777, and they can be large enough to accommodate three full-length lie-flat beds, a big bar or a full meal.”
The longer, flexible service has been a 10-year dream of Qantas executives, and its first order for an A380 was actually placed before the aircraft had been fully tested.
Two more flights will fly from Singapore to Sydney, with flights starting again on the week of November 21, the Sydney Morning Herald reports. The new Qantas-operated A380 will also fly between Australia and Singapore. The two other new flights can be booked on Qantas website for a one-way ticket starting at $9,600.
Singapore Airlines has also ordered 18 additional A380s.