JetMech From Australia, joined Mar 2006, 2705 posts, RR: 52 Posted (8 years 1 month 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 39736 times:
G'day A' netters ,
The Whale-Jet has finally arrived, somewhat late but better that than never! SQ A-380, 9V-SKA touched down just after 17:20 local Sydney time from Singapore to complete the first ever commercial A-380 flight. 9V-SKA broke out from low cloud to complete a landing run using most of runway 34L at Sydney.
The arrival of 9V-SKA also marks the beginning of a new era of commercial aviation. Will the A-380 sell like hotcakes as a response to alleviating congestion at major airports as Airbus predicts, or will Boeing's dynamic duo of the B777 / B787 steal a part of the A-380's thunder?
Anyway, here are some photos I took earlier this evening at Bay 57 of the Sydney International Terminal. As usual, I apologise for the quality, but the weather and time of arrival were also against me on this occasion. There are quite a lot of photos, so you may have trouble seeing them if Photo-bucket decides to throw a hissy fit.
These are the links to the two A-380 discussion threads currently open in Civ-Av;
Peterinlisbon From Portugal, joined Jan 2006, 831 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (8 years 1 month 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 39585 times:
Fantastic photos! It really does look great in SIA colours. It is strange to see it operating as just another passenger flight after all the tests and fly bys etc. I'm looking forward to seeing it myself next year in London (and maybe even flying on it). Soon these will a common sight all over the world.
Vanguard From Solomon Islands, joined Feb 2004, 117 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (8 years 1 month 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 38689 times:
Quoting Vivekman2006 (Reply 12): Lovely view of the three aerobridges connected to the giant aircraft.
Great photos! Are the luggage pallets the standard size? They look so small in comparison with the plane!
I had wondered how they would load/unload to allow premiums off first, but also to cater for the huddled masses in economy! I guess the A bridge (not labelled but L hand one) is for First, then upper deck Business: B is for lower deck business then lower deck economy: then C is for upper deck economy?
Ayqzbr From Canada, joined Mar 2007, 60 posts, RR: 0
Reply 24, posted (8 years 1 month 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 37338 times:
I was at SYD watching the 380 arrive and I also noticed a very large number of staff at the gate - so were they observers or just making sure everything went smoothly. I don't expect every 380 arrival will get that amount of attention. The 380 overflew the airport some time prior to arrival but not sure everyone noticed it - it was in and out of the clouds and very quiet.
: Ah yes, union employees. Nice pics - glad she arrived safely.
: I'm hoping that by summer 2008 this sight of a revenue flight A380 will be seen at SFO.
: What were the flight loads on these flights like?
: Excellent photos. Thanx for posting them so quickly. Another exciting day in the world of aviation...