First of all, the first revenue flight is over a year away. Anything could happen between now and then.
I can assure you my source is even higher than yours, it's in flight ops in the 380 program at a very high level. The reason HKG
is ideal is you can give route training to the initial group of pilots who are going to require that. You can get plenty of segments, that equals takeoffs and landings. NRT
is just too long for productive training. In addition, since HKG
will service the 380 on SQ1/2, it's a good place to iron out any problems.
Again, depending on the the introduction of the 380 on the LHR
routes, that will or will not impact SYD
. Not that I don't think your source is credible, he does have a vested interest in SYD
and I would expect him to fight tooth and nail for the 380. However, in the bigger picture, it's just not going to happen right away.