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Will SIA Be The First To Operate The A380?  
User currently offlineAirbus A380 From Singapore, joined Jan 2001, 522 posts, RR: 0
Posted (14 years 7 months 3 weeks 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 4546 times:

So goes my question...

After the recent firm deals by QF and VS to purchase the A380, and the deal signed by AF just yesterday, I wonder...
since SQ has not firmed up its deal to purchase up to 25 A380s, will they be the first to operate it, should SQ firmed up its orders later?

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User currently offlineBDRules From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2000, 1501 posts, RR: 3
Reply 1, posted (14 years 7 months 3 weeks 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 4512 times:

i think its EK that will be the first to operate the A380

User currently offlineCAETravlr From United States of America, joined Oct 2000, 914 posts, RR: 1
Reply 2, posted (14 years 7 months 3 weeks 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 4501 times:

I thought there was a big uproar between SQ and EK as to who would actually get to operate the aircraft first. Both airlines would like the perceived "prestige". It appears that Airbus is going to alienate one of these airlines pretty bad with this plane. Just an opinion, will be interesting to see what happens.

A woman drove me to drink and I didn't have the decency to thank her. - W.C. Fields
User currently offlineNickofatlanta From Australia, joined May 2000, 1492 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (14 years 7 months 3 weeks 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 4487 times:

I think they picked SQ even though Emirates Air was the first to "be interested".

User currently offlineBruneiAir From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (14 years 7 months 3 weeks 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 4470 times:

I read somewhere that QF was offered first flight, but they said that they wanted they Aircraft to have some flying time beefore they operate it. Is this true ???

GOD could you imagine the fight between SIA and QF
 Smile/happy/getting dizzy

User currently offlineJet_guy From New Zealand, joined Aug 2000, 231 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (14 years 7 months 3 weeks 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 4459 times:

Man, Airbus must have wanted QF bad to buy the A380, what with giving them rights to the first flight, and those cheap A330!!!!

sam  Big thumbs up

User currently offlineRayChuang From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 8288 posts, RR: 4
Reply 6, posted (14 years 7 months 3 weeks 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 4440 times:

My guess is that SQ will become the first airline to put the plane into service.

However, it will likely not be a long flight. SQ will probably put the A380 on the SIN-HKG route for a few weeks to give flight and cabin crews time to familiarize themselves with the plane, then three weeks afterwards SQ will start flying SIN-LHR with this plane. Shortly afterward, SQ will likely assign the A380 on their most profitable route: SIN-HKG-SFO (SQ 2 eastbound and SQ 1 westbound).

User currently offlineQantasAirways From Australia, joined Mar 2001, 1280 posts, RR: 3
Reply 7, posted (14 years 7 months 3 weeks 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 4433 times:

But I heard on the news that QF would be the first to receive it in Sydney.
Am I incorrect in saying so?

Spirit of Australia
User currently offlineHkgspotter1 From Hong Kong, joined Nov 2005, 0 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (14 years 7 months 3 weeks 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 4426 times:

SQ have confirmed that the SIN - HKG route willl be the first to see the A380 !!!

Y E S !!!!!!

User currently offlineTR From UK - England, joined May 2001, 960 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (14 years 7 months 3 weeks 4 days ago) and read 4420 times:

I know that Air France just ordered the A380, however their delivery dates might be some of the first. Air France is one of Airbus´s most loyal customers and has been so since Airbus started producing aircraft. One should remember that there is a lot of politics involved with the Airbus compagny and that the French have their own way of doing things. I would not be surpriced if the first A380 delivered turned out to be in the colours of Air France.

Otherwise Virgin might be a good guess together with QF, SQ and EK.

In a few years will know a lot more.


User currently offlineThe Coachman From Australia, joined Apr 2001, 1437 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (14 years 7 months 3 weeks 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 4407 times:

Let's see if the bird will get off the ground first. It will, but, it almost defies logic in a way.

It's big, it's thirsty and it's gonna pose all sorts of problems (I won't bother repeating what's been posted before).

Incredible behemoth, and I'm not being disparaging about it. I'll see plenty of the monsters in SYD, SYD might well be the place to see it, cos QF will have at least 9 of its 12 there and SQ is likely to fly 1 or 2 in.

The Coachman

M88, 722, 732, 733, 734, 73G, 73H, 742, 743, 744, 752, 762, 763, 772, 773, 77W, 320, 332, 333, 345, 388, DH8, SF3 - want
User currently offlineSingapore_Air From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2000, 13754 posts, RR: 17
Reply 11, posted (14 years 7 months 3 weeks 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 4388 times:

SIA will be the first.

I suspect SIN - HKG will be the first flight. Quite a shame for me personally, however, I'm sure it will be great. I'm sure the HKG people will be v. impressed (eh HKGSpotter1??  Smile/happy/getting dizzy) I'm sure it'll be fantastic.

As to EK. They will be second. Followed by QF then AF / ILFC.

Anyone can fly, only the best Soar.
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