Singapore Airlines has operated its 1,000th A380 commercial flight.SQ 322, which departed from Singapore Changi Airport for London’s Heathrow Airport at 2330 hrs (Singapore time) on 4 August 2008, is the 1000th A380 flight since operations of the world’s largest passenger aircraft were launched on 25 October 2007.
The Singapore Airlines A380 has performed remarkably during its almost-ten months of commercial service, clocking 8500 flying hours and carrying almost 400,000 customers.
Strong load factors are a validation from customers of the Singapore Airlines A380 cabin product.
The A380 features the Singapore Airlines Suites, a class so luxurious it offers customers their very own private cabin in the sky; the new Singapore Airlines Business Class, showcasing the world’s widest seat in its class; and the new Singapore Airlines Economy Class, which promises greater comfort through the use of intelligently designed features.
To meet continuing demand from customers, Singapore Airlines has stepped up training for crew, so that more are qualified to operate the A380 in the coming years. To date, 140 pilots and 2,000 cabin crew have been trained to fly and serve onboard the aircraft.
Singapore Airlines currently has five A380s in service. It is scheduled to receive a further 14 A380s (the next one in September 2008), and has options on a further six.