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First Singapore Airlines A380 Takes Flight  
User currently offlineLeelaw From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Posted (8 years 7 months 2 weeks 3 days 13 hours ago) and read 18991 times:

The first A380 aircraft that will be delivered to launch customer Singapore Airlines embarked on its maiden test flight on 7 May 2006.

This aircraft will be the world’s first A380 to enter commercial service at the end of the year.

http://www.singaporeair.com/saa/en_U...any_info/press_release/NE_1906.jsp

27 replies: All unread, showing first 25:
 
User currently offlineWINGS From Portugal, joined May 2005, 2831 posts, RR: 68
Reply 1, posted (8 years 7 months 2 weeks 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 18907 times:

http://img.singaporeair.com/saa/en_UK/images/company_info/eot/pressreleases/A380TakesFlight.jpg

Yet another mile stone in the A380 program. After a rather slow start to the certification process.

Lets just hope that all goes well so that this beauty can make it into SQ fleet by the set target of November 2006.

Regards,
Wings



Aviation Is A Passion.
User currently offlineSlz396 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (8 years 7 months 2 weeks 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 18855 times:

According to PanAmDC10, one of the members I highly respect for his neutrality and his focus on gathering pieces of evidence, Mr Chew mentioned on a press conference today that subject to certification the A380 delivery for November is on schedule and that they are happy with the progress that has been made in that regard.

Seems things have been ironed out between A and SQ with regards of the A380.


User currently offlineScouseflyer From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2006, 3402 posts, RR: 9
Reply 3, posted (8 years 7 months 2 weeks 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 18831 times:

Guppy convention in the background there!

User currently offlineGlareskin From Netherlands, joined Jun 2005, 1308 posts, RR: 1
Reply 4, posted (8 years 7 months 2 weeks 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 18798 times:

Quoting Scouseflyer (Reply 3):
Guppy convention in the background there!

Yeah that's funny! I was gonna say this is the first picture where the A380 is looking real elegant. But as they say:"in the land of the blind, one eye is king"......



There's still a long way to go before all the alliances deserve a star...
User currently offlineAirbusA346 From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2004, 7437 posts, RR: 2
Reply 5, posted (8 years 7 months 2 weeks 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 18539 times:

More Pictures.

http://www.planepictures.net/netshow.php?id=482844
http://www.planepictures.net/netshow.php?id=482545
http://www.planepictures.net/netshow.php?id=482893
http://www.planepictures.net/netshow.php?id=482897
http://www.planepictures.net/netshow.php?id=482821

Tom.



Tom Walker '086' First Officer of a A318/A319 for Air Lambert - Hours Flown: 17 hour 05 minutes (last updated 24/12/05).
User currently offlineAmerican 767 From United States of America, joined May 1999, 3996 posts, RR: 12
Reply 6, posted (8 years 7 months 2 weeks 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 18438 times:
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Not only it is great to see fly, even if it not the first time we see it fly, it is also interesting to see how the fuselage components were assembled. You can see that very well in the pictures Tom (Airbus A346) has posted.

Ben Soriano
Brussels Belgium



Ben Soriano
User currently offlineA319XFW From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (8 years 7 months 2 weeks 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 17752 times:

Quoting Glareskin (Reply 17):
But not with 3 Guppies in the background......

You mean Belugas - the Guppy was a 4-engined prop aircraft Big grin

The aircraft did its first flight from TLS for 2h 15mins and within the hour of landing, it headed to XFW where it landed 15:01 local time.


User currently offlinePM From Germany, joined Feb 2005, 7000 posts, RR: 63
Reply 8, posted (8 years 7 months 2 weeks 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 17689 times:

Quoting WINGS (Reply 18):
the first A380 distended to SQ

In the context of the A380, WINGS, that's a brilliant typo!

distend vb. "to expand or be expanded by or as if by pressure from within; swell; inflate." Wonderful!  Wink

Meanwhile, it looks like SQ aren't going to have the RR logo on their engines.  Sad


User currently offlineScouseflyer From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2006, 3402 posts, RR: 9
Reply 9, posted (8 years 7 months 2 weeks 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 17641 times:

Quoting A319XFW (Reply 20):
The aircraft did its first flight from TLS for 2h 15mins and within the hour of landing, it headed to XFW where it landed 15:01 local time.

Would that be to be fitted with an interior and painted up.

Is this the fifth or sixth 380 to fly?


User currently offlinePM From Germany, joined Feb 2005, 7000 posts, RR: 63
Reply 10, posted (8 years 7 months 2 weeks 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 17615 times:

Quoting Scouseflyer (Reply 22):
Is this the fifth or sixth 380 to fly?

It's the fifth.


User currently offlineWINGS From Portugal, joined May 2005, 2831 posts, RR: 68
Reply 11, posted (8 years 7 months 2 weeks 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 17553 times:

Quoting PM (Reply 21):
In the context of the A380, WINGS, that's a brilliant typo!

Oooops. Thanks for that PM.

It was meant to be DESTINED

1. To determine beforehand; preordain: a foolish scheme destined to fail; a film destined to become a classic.
2. To assign for a specific end, use, or purpose: money destined to pay for their child's education.
3. To direct toward a given destination: a flight destined for Tokyo.

http://dictionary.reference.com/search?q=destined

Regards,
Wings



Aviation Is A Passion.
User currently offlineLHR777 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 12, posted (8 years 7 months 2 weeks 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 16213 times:

Quoting PM (Reply 21):
Meanwhile, it looks like SQ aren't going to have the RR logo on their engines.

What's up with the mismatched engine cowling on the number 4? I still think it's gorgeous, even though I'm a confirmed B777 man!


User currently offlineScouseflyer From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2006, 3402 posts, RR: 9
Reply 13, posted (8 years 7 months 2 weeks 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 15161 times:

Quoting PM (Reply 23):
Quoting Scouseflyer (Reply 22):
Is this the fifth or sixth 380 to fly?

It's the fifth.

Ta (Scouse for thanks!)


User currently offlineTjc2 From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2006, 141 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (8 years 7 months 2 weeks 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 15073 times:

Quoting Slz396 (Reply 19):
Also note the tail, which is fully painted right to the bottom, not like on the demonstrator (with decals) which visited SIN a few months ago...

I wonder if the SQ title will stay the same, I personally thought it looked rubbish on the demo livery. It was too big.

I wonder if this aircraft will ever have to have it's wings altered...



The only time I made a mistake was when I thought I was wrong...
User currently offlinePM From Germany, joined Feb 2005, 7000 posts, RR: 63
Reply 15, posted (8 years 7 months 2 weeks 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 13838 times:

Quoting Scouseflyer (Reply 25):
Ta (Scouse for thanks!)

My best mate is from Bootle and I used to have a girlfriend from Wallasey. A'right, la'?!


User currently offlineAndrewUber From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 2528 posts, RR: 40
Reply 16, posted (8 years 7 months 2 weeks 3 days ago) and read 10532 times:

OK I'm sure it's been discussed to death, but I'll ask anyway. If I wanted to fly on an A380 this year, what cities do you think SQ will start of with when they get their first bird?

Drew  wave 



I'd rather shoot BAD_MOTIVE
User currently offlineLeelaw From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 17, posted (8 years 7 months 2 weeks 3 days ago) and read 10493 times:

Quoting AndrewUber (Reply 16):
If I wanted to fly on an A380 this year, what cities do you think SQ will start of with when they get their first bird?

Per SQ press release:

Singapore Airlines will be the first carrier in the world to fly the Airbus A380 in 2006. The A380 will first fly on the Kangaroo route, between London, Singapore and Sydney.


User currently offlineCOA735 From United States of America, joined Apr 2006, 202 posts, RR: 0
Reply 18, posted (8 years 7 months 2 weeks 3 days ago) and read 10337 times:

Quoting AndrewUber (Reply 16):
OK I'm sure it's been discussed to death, but I'll ask anyway. If I wanted to fly on an A380 this year, what cities do you think SQ will start of with when they get their first bird?

some possible US destinations... LAX, SFO, JFK, EWR (not sure if they are 380 ready).

JM  mischievous 


User currently offlineNitrohelper From United States of America, joined Mar 2005, 470 posts, RR: 5
Reply 19, posted (8 years 7 months 2 weeks 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 9496 times:

Quoting WINGS (Reply 1):
Reply 1,

This photo shows how badly the " Whalejet " needs the white paint job to give it some photo character. For all those folks out there that don't like the whale nickname, I would say that after looking at this picture, wideeyed  the name Stubby,Chubby ,or maybe Tubby  silly  could be used by the Airbust slammers.
Go 748 it will look great any color !
 stirthepot 


User currently offlineAlaskaqantas From New Zealand, joined Dec 2005, 906 posts, RR: 4
Reply 20, posted (8 years 7 months 2 weeks 2 days 22 hours ago) and read 9236 times:

Is there a date for the first passenger flight... or a month other then "end of the year" seems like they should come up with an interior sort of quick now  Wink
~Cheers-
~~Kyle H.
Although I am a Boeing fan, I have nothing against Airbus persay(in this thread Wink)... so GO A380!! can't wait to fly you!



to some people the sky is the limit, to aviation enthusiasts, its home!
User currently offlineMalpensaSFO From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 21, posted (8 years 7 months 2 weeks 2 days 21 hours ago) and read 8554 times:

Arent the following routes top priority for the A380 programme at Singapore Airlines?

-London/Heathrow to Singapore
-Los Angeles to Narita to Singapore
-Narita to Bangkok to Singapore
-New York to Frankfurt to Singapore
-San Francisco to Hong Kong to Singapore
-Sydney to Singapore


User currently offlineAviasian From Singapore, joined Jan 2001, 1489 posts, RR: 14
Reply 22, posted (8 years 7 months 2 weeks 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 7279 times:

It has long been announced by SIA that SIN-SYD will be the first route - barring any further delay, this is expected to be in December 2006.

The first A380 is scheduled for delivery to SIA in November 2006 and prior to its inaugural commercial service, it will be utilised for crew familiarisation flights on regional routes (without passengers).

When sufficient aircraft are delivered to allow for a daily frequency to both SYD and LHR, the LHR service will be inaugurated.

KC Sim


User currently offlineLamedianaranja From Venezuela, joined Nov 2004, 1246 posts, RR: 20
Reply 23, posted (8 years 7 months 2 weeks 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 6514 times:

Quoting MalpensaSFO (Reply 21):
-London/Heathrow to Singapore



Quoting MalpensaSFO (Reply 21):
-Sydney to Singapore

If you read the article they're dedicating it to 'The Kangaroo Route'  Cool i.e. LHR-SIN-SYD



I wish that all skies were orange and blue!!
User currently offlineUpperDeck79 From Finland, joined Feb 2005, 1139 posts, RR: 2
Reply 24, posted (8 years 7 months 2 weeks 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 5979 times:

Quoting MalpensaSFO (Reply 21):
-Narita to Bangkok to Singapore

How did you come up with that? It's flown with a B772 at the moment and the flight is mostly filled with Japanese tourists who bought quite cheap tickets



AY and ANA rock!
25 Pieinthesky : First and last, as has been confirmed by SQ on a large number of their recent press releases.
27 Post contains images A319XFW : I stand corrected - the aircraft landed at 16:01 local time - I forgot to add 2 hours to UTC and not just the 1 like I did!
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