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SQ Announces How To Get On The First A380 Flight  
User currently offlineFirstTOflyA380 From Singapore, joined Jul 2007, 5 posts, RR: 0
Posted (7 years 4 months 4 weeks 4 hours ago) and read 21291 times:

For people's interest, SQ has just announced details of how passengers can get on the first A380 flight... announcement follows:


Singapore, 25 July 2007

BE A PART OF HISTORY: BID TO BE FIRST TO FLY ON THE A380
FIRST A380 FLIGHT TO BE SOLD FOR CHARITY


Singapore Airlines – the first airline in the world to fly the new Airbus A380 – is preparing for the first commercial flight of the new double-decker jumbo jet, from Singapore to Sydney and return. It will take place in the month of October 2007.

And in an unprecedented move, all proceeds from the sale of tickets on the first flight will be donated to charities.

In response to requests from people all over the world to be passengers on the first flight, Singapore Airlines will auction the seats on global online marketplace, eBay.

Bids will be invited for seats on this history-making flight, and winning bidders will know that every dollar they pay will go to worthwhile charities. All customers will receive a personalised ceremonial certificate confirming they were part of the first-ever commercial A380 flight.

Singapore Airlines Chief Executive Officer, Chew Choon Seng, said the Airline wants to acknowledge the widespread interest in the entry into commercial service of this all-new airplane, and to use the opportunity to benefit worthwhile charities.

“The first commercial A380 flight will be a moment in aviation history. It will be a once-in-a-lifetime experience, on an aircraft that will mark a new chapter in air travel.

“And while we will celebrate the event, we also wish to remember the people who are less fortunate and can be assisted by the charities to which all the proceeds will go,” Mr Chew said.

Singapore Airlines has secured support from three important partners for this charity event.

One of the Airline’s strategic fuel suppliers, and a key partner, ExxonMobil Aviation, will donate the fuel for the flights.

“We are pleased to support this event as a strategic partner of Singapore Airlines. This charity event is in line with our long-standing effort to make a positive impact on the communities in which we operate,” said Mr Kwa Chong Seng, Chairman and Managing Director of ExxonMobil Asia Pacific Pte Ltd.

eBay – the world’s leading online marketplace will subsidise the fees and charges from this auction, and PayPal, a global leader in online payment solutions, will rebate a portion of its fees and charges to help support the charities.

“eBay is uniquely positioned as a global online marketplace to provide boundless opportunity for fund-raising and social responsibility programs and we are delighted to support Singapore Airlines in this very unique charity auction,” said Sam McDonagh, Director for eBay Southeast Asia.

The actual date of the flight will be fixed soon, after final notification from Airbus about the delivery date this coming October.

The proceeds of the auction will be split evenly between the following exceptionally worthwhile organisations:

· One-third to Singapore’s Community Chest
· One-third split between the Sydney Children’s Hospital, Randwick, and The Children’s Hospital at Westmead, both in Sydney
· One-third to Médecins Sans Frontières, also known as Doctors Without Borders.

Singapore Airlines and eBay plan for the auction to be conducted some weeks prior to the flight. Those interested in pre-registering for notification on auction details – which will include the date of the flight and the charities to benefit from proceeds – may do so by visiting singaporeair.com/a380.



A380 FIRST FLIGHT CHARITY AUCTION:
ABOUT THE BENEFICIARIES

Singapore

COMMUNITY CHEST OF SINGAPORE

Community Chest was founded in 1983 to raise funds for the nation's many social service organisations, relieving them of the burden of fund-raising so they can focus on their primary responsibility of caring for and serving the needy. With the generosity of individuals, corporations and foundations, today Community Chest funds 147 social service programmes run by 57 charities to help over 340,000 people in Singapore. All funds raised will go towards nurturing children to succeed, keeping families together, dignifying the lives of the elderly as well as empowering people with disabilities to lead independent lives.

Singapore Airlines has been a supporter of Community Chest for over two decades.

www.communitychest.org.sg

Sydney

SYDNEY CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL, RANDWICK

Sydney Children's Hospital, Randwick is one of Australia's leading specialist medical centres for children. They provide quality, comprehensive and expert clinical services to the children and families of New South Wales and beyond.
www.sch.edu.au

THE CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL AT WESTMEAD

The Children’s Hospital at Westmead is the highly respected, largest paediatric centre in NSW, providing excellent care for children from NSW, Australia and across the Pacific Rim. The Hospital has 3,000 staff working in 150 departments.
www.chw.edu.au


Global Humanitarian Organisation

MÉDECINS SANS FRONTIÈRES

Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) is an independent medical-humanitarian organisation, delivering emergency aid to people affected by armed conflict, epidemics and natural as well as man-made disasters in over 70 countries.

MSF is an international movement with branches in 18 countries. MSF teams in the field are composed of international and national staff and each year over 3000 volunteers work alongside more than 25,000 locally hired staff to provide urgent medical care to vulnerable populations.

In emergencies and their aftermath, MSF provides essential healthcare, rehabilitates and runs hospitals and clinics, performs surgery, responds to epidemics, carries out vaccination campaigns, operates feeding centres for malnourished children, and offers mental healthcare. When needed, MSF also constructs wells and dispenses clean drinking water, and provides shelter materials like blankets and plastic sheeting.

MSF was founded in 1971, with the aim of cutting through red tape to deliver humanitarian aid fast and effectively. The organisation focuses on delivering emergency care and also on speaking out, using volunteers’ eyewitness accounts and medical data, when witnessing massive acts of violence against individuals and groups.

MSF was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1999.

www.msf.org

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User currently offlineTWAtwaTWA From United States of America, joined May 2006, 141 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (7 years 4 months 4 weeks 4 hours ago) and read 21236 times:

SQ has done a great job of gaining publicity with class from this historic event.

I can imagine some airlines that would charge extra for the first flight and keep the proceeds!



We're your kind of airline. Uh, I mean, We *were* your kind of airline.
User currently offlineFlyjetstar From Australia, joined Feb 2006, 959 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (7 years 4 months 4 weeks 3 hours ago) and read 21138 times:

That's awesome! Well done SQ.

User currently onlineUAEflyer From United Arab Emirates, joined Nov 2006, 1160 posts, RR: 1
Reply 3, posted (7 years 4 months 4 weeks 3 hours ago) and read 21086 times:

Very smart move from SQ
Many thanks to them for helping charities


User currently offlineBjornstrom From Australia, joined Jun 2005, 329 posts, RR: 1
Reply 4, posted (7 years 4 months 4 weeks 2 hours ago) and read 20893 times:

Can I donate Krisflyer miles and get one of those new F suites? Please?


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User currently offlineVivekman2006 From India, joined May 2006, 542 posts, RR: 3
Reply 5, posted (7 years 4 months 4 weeks 2 hours ago) and read 20865 times:

Thats a good gesture from SQ. What remains to be seen is how they price the tickets for the inaugural flight.

User currently offlineDTManiac From Germany, joined Aug 2004, 689 posts, RR: 15
Reply 6, posted (7 years 4 months 4 weeks 2 hours ago) and read 20866 times:

Maybe I missed something, but when will they offer those tickets on eBay?

Anyway, a very classy move by SQ and good PR for them as well. Its a win-win!



Gig 'em Aggies!!!
User currently offlineZak From Greenland, joined Sep 2003, 1993 posts, RR: 8
Reply 7, posted (7 years 4 months 4 weeks 2 hours ago) and read 20807 times:

time to get out the €'s


10=2
User currently offlineScouseflyer From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2006, 3401 posts, RR: 9
Reply 8, posted (7 years 4 months 4 weeks 2 hours ago) and read 20591 times:

Quoting Vivekman2006 (Reply 5):
Thats a good gesture from SQ. What remains to be seen is how they price the tickets for the inaugural flight.

Won't that depend on how many people bid for each one?


User currently offlineAlaskaqantas From New Zealand, joined Dec 2005, 906 posts, RR: 4
Reply 9, posted (7 years 4 months 4 weeks 1 hour ago) and read 20522 times:

you beat me to posting this.

Nice touch SQ!

Quoting DTManiac (Reply 6):
Maybe I missed something, but when will they offer those tickets on eBay?



Quoting FirstTOflyA380 (Thread starter):
Singapore Airlines and eBay plan for the auction to be conducted some weeks prior to the flight. Those interested in pre-registering for notification on auction details – which will include the date of the flight and the charities to benefit from proceeds – may do so by visiting singaporeair.com/a380.

Well Im sure to be keeping my eyes one these tickets!... it seems like right now airlines are starting to come out with the new products, pictures have been released for the new QF economy, premium economy, business class and First class... only one picture released for each class (or so I can find) and they are hidden well away (on news.com.au I posed them in the thread about the new interior for QF A380/747), which is a bummer. But I hope to see what the new SQ seats will look like soon!
~Cheers-
~~Kyle H.



to some people the sky is the limit, to aviation enthusiasts, its home!
User currently offlineQANTAS077 From Australia, joined Jan 2004, 5869 posts, RR: 39
Reply 10, posted (7 years 4 months 4 weeks 1 hour ago) and read 20462 times:

I can see economy fares going for $2000+ return on a $800 return flight, maybe even more! not to fussed about being first or 10000th because I know I will get on it eventually.


a true friend is someone who sees the pain in your eyes, while everyone else believes the smile on your face.
User currently offlineDTManiac From Germany, joined Aug 2004, 689 posts, RR: 15
Reply 11, posted (7 years 4 months 4 weeks ago) and read 20194 times:

@ Alaskaqantas

Thanks for the clarification. I must have been blind because I wrote my question before my good-morning-coffee  Smile

I will certainly have a look on eBay as well.



Gig 'em Aggies!!!
User currently offlineEHHO From Bulgaria, joined Dec 2005, 815 posts, RR: 7
Reply 12, posted (7 years 4 months 4 weeks ago) and read 20071 times:

Great news! But..

Quoting FirstTOflyA380 (Thread starter):
The actual date of the flight will be fixed soon, after final notification from Airbus about the delivery date this coming October

Wasn't delivery supposed to be in August already?



"Get your facts first. Then you may distort them as much as you please" -- Mark Twain
User currently offlineNorcal773 From United States of America, joined Feb 2007, 1449 posts, RR: 12
Reply 13, posted (7 years 4 months 4 weeks ago) and read 20043 times:

Quoting Alaskaqantas (Reply 9):
But I hope to see what the new SQ seats will look like soon!

I thought the A380 will have the same seats as their new 77W's which are nothing to write home about?

Classy move by SQ. I bet ANA will do something similar with the 787.



If you're going through hell, keep going
User currently offlineNorcal773 From United States of America, joined Feb 2007, 1449 posts, RR: 12
Reply 14, posted (7 years 4 months 4 weeks ago) and read 20010 times:

I bet Zvezda will be on this first flight with Philsquare at the helm.  biggrin 


If you're going through hell, keep going
User currently offlineLifelinerOne From Netherlands, joined Nov 2003, 1938 posts, RR: 8
Reply 15, posted (7 years 4 months 4 weeks ago) and read 19988 times:

Quoting EHHO (Reply 12):
Wasn't delivery supposed to be in August already?

No, there were rumours that this was the case. There's also another thread going about the delivery. The plane is now in the final test phase at Toulouse. Airbus will probably be able to deliver the plane, however SQ might not be ready for an earlier delivery.

This statement however underlines the fact that SQ will get their first A380 "on time" (well, on time according to the latest schedule) and will put it in EIS in October.

Cheers!  wave 



Only Those Who Sleep Don't Make Mistakes
User currently offlineBNE From Australia, joined Mar 2000, 3189 posts, RR: 12
Reply 16, posted (7 years 4 months 4 weeks ago) and read 19877 times:

I wonder how many Euros; Dollars; SGD you are going to need to bid to get on the first flight.

$10,000; or more. Maybe Johan could organise an airliners.net front page poll on it.



Why fly non stop when you can connect
User currently offlineAirnewzealand From New Zealand, joined Oct 2000, 2544 posts, RR: 6
Reply 17, posted (7 years 4 months 3 weeks 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 19692 times:

SQ new products are those on the 777W but with added features such as bars etc...much like QF!

Cheers


User currently offlineMadameConcorde From San Marino, joined Feb 2007, 10930 posts, RR: 37
Reply 18, posted (7 years 4 months 3 weeks 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 19396 times:

I have no idea if they will auction ALL the seats on the aircraft or only the Economy seats.  Confused

They have got to have guests on THAT flight I suppose...



There was a better way to fly it was called Concorde
User currently offlineAirbazar From United States of America, joined Sep 2003, 8645 posts, RR: 10
Reply 19, posted (7 years 4 months 3 weeks 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 19197 times:

Quoting Vivekman2006 (Reply 5):
What remains to be seen is how they price the tickets for the inaugural flight.

It's an auction. Typicaly that means the highest bid wins  Smile


User currently offlineMptpa From United States of America, joined Feb 2006, 546 posts, RR: 0
Reply 20, posted (7 years 4 months 3 weeks 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 18715 times:

This is very smart and ingenious. There are many advantages to this slick marketing, promotion and advertising:
- Get the global audience involved via EBay
- Get SQ to train and obtain route flying experience
- Get the costs involved subsidized (ex: Fuel), and revenue from this flight going to charity (ie: tax deductible)
- Get people excited and energized
- Show how a good a corporate citizen they are to both Singapore and Australia (perhaps this will give them browny points for future purposes with the governments)
- Perhaps set this as an example for other governments on behalf of SQ in their future landing/slots/etc rights

All in all, a very nicely executed marketing plan with class!! (or 4 classes  Smile)

Will I pay $10,000 for a $5,000 ticket for the pleasure of being the first batch to fly A380? No, even if it goes towards charity. I may as well donate the money myself to gain the tax incentive myself!! (This is my capitalist sense talking).

MP


User currently offlineAirWales From UK - Wales, joined Oct 2004, 453 posts, RR: 0
Reply 21, posted (7 years 4 months 3 weeks 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 18645 times:

Congratulations SQ. There are morals in business after all!

User currently offlineFarzan From Sweden, joined Jul 2007, 180 posts, RR: 0
Reply 22, posted (7 years 4 months 3 weeks 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 18645 times:

Great move SIA. I am aware that SQ will get enormously PR out of this. (Maybe more worth than the value of the proceeds of the flight). But still for those unfortunate people gaining from this it's just marvelous.

Farzan


User currently offlineMBJ2000 From Germany, joined Dec 2005, 426 posts, RR: 0
Reply 23, posted (7 years 4 months 3 weeks 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 18614 times:

Quoting Mptpa (Reply 20):

 checkmark 

You could call this a win-win-win-win situation...  Smile



Like most of life's problems, this one can be solved with bending -- Bender Unit 22
User currently offlinePplsxprs75 From United States of America, joined May 2007, 36 posts, RR: 0
Reply 24, posted (7 years 4 months 3 weeks 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 18551 times:

Great choice! One of the coolest ways to mark a maiden voyage, and raise money for charities.

25 Farzan : Quoting Bjornstrom (reply 4) "Can I donate Krisflyer miles and get one of those new F suites? Please?" I think most people expected seats on the first
26 GneissGuy : Has any airline ever done this?
27 Aminobwana : A really clever move by SIA, both because of its PR effect and also to apply pressure on Boeing to deliver on time aminobwana
28 Post contains links GneissGuy : Here's another link: http://www.channelnewsasia.com/stori...aporelocalnews/view/290289/1/.html
29 Post contains images LifelinerOne : Yeah, Boeing, deliver your B787 on time, because we are selling our first flights on the A380 for charity... I think you mean Airbus... I've just rep
30 Aminobwana : Of course, sorry for the glitch !! What you say does not change the fact that this increases the pressure on Airbus.. And to be absolutely sure of a
31 Post contains images LifelinerOne : No it's not. SQ is 100% confident on EIS of the A380 in October. So is Airbus. There's no added pressure. Airbus made a very roomy alternative schedu
32 Post contains images 9VSIO : I'm going to hedge a bet that some of each class will be available Here's another thought: auction off the exclusive media rights to cover that fligh
33 SQ_EK_freak : Being an employee of MSF, I have to applaud this gesture on SIA's part. Didn't know about this plan until an internal memo was circulated about a week
34 EbbUK : I love aviation, I love Airbus, I love the 380 and I love the generosity of spirit of all associated with SQ's first 380 flight. I am inspired by peop
35 ClassicLover : Not as far as I am aware... remembering the last time a totally new major type was introduced was back in the 1990s (not counting sub-types) before t
36 Bongodog1964 : Can there be anything regharding the A380 that you would either consider to be good news, or take at face value ?
37 Post contains images Trekster : Well done SQ A great way to give out the seats.
38 Nzrich : As far as i can tell i have never seen basically a whole flights proceeds going to charity .. I know Air NZ has in the past used the internet and sol
39 Boch : Well done SQ - a classy move.
40 Bill142 : Aren't (were) SQ also running a competition on their website where if you registered for the A380 updates you could win a ticket for the first flight?
41 Aviasian : For the past few years, I have been focused on booking myself on the first flight from Singapor to Sydney. Having been much too young to hop on the fi
42 Trent1000 : Sounds like an opportunity to iron out some of the teething problems that will arise during an actual flight with real passengers, especially those wh
43 Aviasian : ". . . because the crew had to walk far or that there weren't enough crew to serve in Y." The crew on each deck would not have to walk any further tha
44 Deltamike172 : Did I read correctly that the only entity involved in this that isn't waiving or donated all fees is Paypal!? I knew I didn't like Paypal. eBay – th
45 Post contains images LTBEWR : So when do we see the first SQ A-340 flight to EWR/JFK/LAX? That is what I want to see (especially at EWR ) This is probably the best way to sell seat
46 Aviasian : Apologies . . . my carelessness in not mentioning that Paypal too was contributing to the charity cause. Thanks Deltamike172 for pointing out this omi
47 SQ452 : Uhhh...I am guessing you meant to say 'first SQ A-380 flight to EWR/JFK/LAX'. We already see the 340 on those routes (except JFK).
48 Aminobwana : Could you provide the URL of the SIA announcement ?? As the estimated time between delivery and first commercial flight for a new aircraft like this
49 Post contains links Flyjetstar : Here. To be honest mate, I just wonder why you are participating on any threads that have anything to do with the A380. Your posts are always negativ
50 Wukka : Er... eBay owns PayPal. Since 2002, if I'm not mistaken.
51 Dank : That they do, but the announcement posted says that eBay is covering their fees, but PayPal is only partially covering their transaction fees. Odd, n
52 Wukka : Not really. Business is still business, and this business is only giving up 100% of one sector (probably listing fees) with an unspecified partial am
53 Aminobwana : Thanks. I am sorry you think that. You should better ask, why there are so many faults. In this case, I do not think that the discepancy is important
54 Dank : hold on a second, did i ever say that they had to donate the fees? talk about inferring a hell of a lot from my post. i just found it odd that one di
55 Flyjetstar : Mate. I'm not an Airbus or Boeing fan, I don't buy into all that. From my observations on this thread and the other one going at the moment you seem
56 FirstTOflyA380 : Aminobwana, the aircraft will not require 30 days between delivery and entry into service.
57 Aminobwana : [ Well, that's your I am sure qualified opinion (I had not read previous posts by you!) , I based on following also qualified opinions. But anyway, le
58 Dank : I honestly don't understand your issue. Do you believe that because the plane will be delivered in October and the first flight in October, that thos
59 Wukka : No... you just spun it to the point where you can excuse your way out of anything that may contraindicate you, much as in your reply to me. Did I rea
60 Dank : Excuse me, but no. I'm sorry if you somehow misinterpreted a statement that I found it odd that a company would donate the services of one division,
61 Post contains images LifelinerOne : Why is it that you always need to have others come up with URL or links... Do you really think that the thread-starter just typed it all up just to e
62 BNE : Singapore Airlines has 3 flights a day from SIN to SYD and return and if one become an A380 what happens if you were already lucky enough to have book
63 JGPH1A : Still no sign of "380" in the SQ SIN SYD SIN schedules for later this year - not even on KrisCom. When are they going to publish it ?
64 Post contains images MadameConcorde : So they are going to auction off the inaugural flight on ebay some time soon. We know this much so far. I have some questions. I do not think anybody
65 CHRISBA777ER : Aminobwana - Let it go mate. This is a wonderful gesture by SQ and a worthy way of celebrating their EIS of their new biggest bird. Nothing more. I ha
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