First A380 takes off from Heathrow

Singapore Airlines, the launch customer of the A380, is welcoming the plane’s arrival into London Heathrow today on its test flight to the airport.  Singapore Airlines will be the first carrier to fly the A380 from London Heathrow.

Singapore Airlines will take delivery of the A380, the world’s largest passenger aircraft, in November 2006; this will be followed by entry into commercial service in December 2006.  The aircraft will first fly on the Kangaroo route, between London, Singapore and Sydney. 

Passengers on the Singapore Airlines A380 will be able to enjoy the greater comfort and luxury that the increased space and advanced technology on the aircraft affords.  While the A380 can accommodate 555 seats in a standard, three-class configuration, the Singapore Airlines A380 will carry less than 480 passengers in three cabin classes ensuring an air travel experience of the highest quality.  Later this year, the airline will unveil its suite of new cabin products, including a First Class and a Business Class that will be very different from the SkySuites and SpaceBeds currently in service.

Marvin Tan, Singapore Airlines General Manager UK and Ireland, said: “We congratulate Airbus and BAA on the arrival of the A380 and opening of Pier 6 and look forward to our first commercial flight from London Heathrow. It will mark another milestone for Singapore Airlines as we celebrate 35 years at Heathrow Airport from which we were the first airline to fly non-stop to Singapore in 1989.”