Airbus A380 From Singapore, joined Jan 2001, 522 posts, RR: 0 Posted (12 years 5 months 3 weeks 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 2485 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, 907 posts, RR: 1 Reply 2, posted (12 years 5 months 3 weeks 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 2440 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, 7864 posts, RR: 5 Reply 6, posted (12 years 5 months 3 weeks 4 days 19 hours ago) and read 2379 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, 953 posts, RR: 0 Reply 9, posted (12 years 5 months 3 weeks 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 2359 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, 1415 posts, RR: 0 Reply 10, posted (12 years 5 months 3 weeks 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 2346 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, 13722 posts, RR: 20 Reply 11, posted (12 years 5 months 3 weeks 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 2327 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.