The first ever commercial flight by a new Airbus A380 super-jumbo has been completed, heralding a new chapter in aviation.
Singapore Airline's A380 completed a flight between Singapore and Sydney in Australia yesterday (October 25th).
Most of the seats on the huge aircraft were sold on eBay. The airline revealed that one passenger, Thomas Lee, was also onboard the first ever commercial flight of a Boeing 747 plane back in 1970.
The new plane, which the airline took delivery of on Ocotober 15th, has space for 471 passengers. Seats are split into three classes, economy, business and Singapore Airlines Suites. According to the airline, this is "a class beyond first".
Passengers onboard the inaugural flight were treated to a specially-created Champagne brunch. This featured culinary creations from two of Singapore Airlines' international culinary panel of chefs Sam Leong, from Singapore's Tung Lok Group, and Matthew Moran, from Sydneys Aria Restaurant.
Both chefs were on board to supervise the cooking.
The mammoth plane is due to begin operating its scheduled service between Singapore and Sydney from October 28th.
A statement from the airline added: "The delivery of subsequent aircraft will allow for the introduction of the A380 on one of the three daily flights between Singapore and London's Heathrow Airport from the first quarter of 2008."
Billed as the largest passenger airliner in the world, the A380 made its maiden flight on April 27th 2005 from Toulouse in France.
It is possible to provide seating for 525 people in standard three-class configuration or up to 853 people in full economy class configurations.
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