Posted by: Tony Carson | 15 October, 2007

Singapore gets its first Airbus A380

Airbus has delivered its first A380 to Singapore Airlines, 18 months behind schedule.

The superjumbo jet, like the Boeing Dreamliner, has been beset with production delays that could cost its European consortium over $8 billion.

Airbus claimed on Monday that it will meet its A380 target for 2008 and thereafter. Currently, it has 189 confirmed orders including 13 in the balance of this year and four every month to the end of 2010.

The Airbus A380 is only slightly longer than the Boeing 747 (its wingspan stretches nearly the length of a football field) yet it will hold up to 800 passengers on its two decks and it will fly into aeronautical history on October 25 when Singapore Airlines introduces its first commercial flight to Sydney.

It claims a 17% reduction in fuel.

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