Airbus A380 From Singapore, joined Jan 2001, 522 posts, RR: 0 Posted (11 years 11 months 1 week 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 1704 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?
CAETravlr From United States of America, joined Oct 2000, 898 posts, RR: 1 Reply 2, posted (11 years 11 months 1 week 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 1659 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
RayChuang From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 7695 posts, RR: 5 Reply 6, posted (11 years 11 months 1 week 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 1598 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).
TR From UK - England, joined May 2001, 952 posts, RR: 0 Reply 9, posted (11 years 11 months 1 week 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 1578 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.
The Coachman From Australia, joined Apr 2001, 1411 posts, RR: 0 Reply 10, posted (11 years 11 months 1 week 2 days 22 hours ago) and read 1565 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.
Singapore_Air From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2000, 13711 posts, RR: 21 Reply 11, posted (11 years 11 months 1 week 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 1546 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?? ) I'm sure it'll be fantastic.
As to EK. They will be second. Followed by QF then AF / ILFC.