This is stupid. Singapore Airlines should get priority as they have from the start. Here's a stupid little extract.
Airlines row over right to first flight of new jumbo
Canberra Times - Australasia; Jan 2, 2001
BY THE GUARDIAN
LONDON, Monday: Aircraft-maker Airbus has found itself in the middle of a row over the inauguration of the world's largest jumbo jet.
Airline Emirates, the first customer to order the renamed A380, formerly known as the A3XX, has protested to Airbus after it found it might not be the first airline to fly the aircraft commercially.
Industry sources said last night that Singapore Airlines would be the first, even though it ordered the A380 after Emirates. Singapore is a much larger airline and has been given priority by Airbus over its Middle East rival.
The row has not become public earlier because Emirates is still hoping the issue will be resolved by negotiation. But senior executives from the airline based in Dubai feel let down by Airbus, the European manufacturer with headquarters at Toulouse, to which France, Britain, Germany and Spain belong.
Emirates's senior managers have told Airbus they deserve better treatment because the company had been prepared to commit itself to the project when Airbus was concerned that it would not get the support it wanted and feared the project might collapse.
Emirates's commitment to the 565-seat aircraft produced a ripple effect throughout the world's airlines, among them Singapore, Air France and Qantas during last year.
Airbus has now been able to commit itself to the project, with the first commercial flight due in 2006.
Jubilant Emirates executives said that the first A380 would land at Heathrow but were shocked when they heard that the prestigious first flight would be offered to Singapore.
Airbus executives are working on a compromise acceptable to Emirates, which has placed 10 firm orders for the aircraft, valued at $US2.9 billion ($A5.2 billion). The most likely solution is a simultaneous launch of the plane by Emirates and Singapore, both landing at Heathrow. Since the distance between Dubai and London is shorter than that between Singapore and London, the Emirates flight would land first.
The airline would therefore be able to claim it as the inaugural commercial flight.
The launch of the A380 has been surrounded by a considerable marketing hype on its potential to bring about a revolution in flying. This is based on the extra space it will provide, with drawing-board plans for duty-free shops, sleeping cabins and pianists playing baby grands for first-class passengers.
The aircraft will bring a considerable increase in jobs throughout the industry. Britain will make the wings for the plane at plants in north Wales and at Filton near Bristol, where more than 20,000 new jobs will be created.
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