Photos: Airbus A380 lands in Sydney

Photos: Airbus A380 lands in Sydney

Summary: Singapore Airlines, the first carrier to take ownership of the world's largest passenger jet, the Airbus A380, has flown its inaugural commercial flight from Singapore to Sydney. ZDNet Australia visited Sydney Airport to see what customers can expect from what's been dubbed the "big fella".


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  • Singapore took delivery of its first A380-800 aircraft on 15 October at Airbus' headquarters in Toulouse, France. The second, third and fourth planes will be delivered between January, February and April 2008, respectively. They are planned to be used on Singapore to London flights.

    The A380 is a massive aircraft. With a wingspan of 79.8m, 72 cars could park on each of them. The plane also measures 73m long and 24.1m high.

    Credit: Airbus

  • Four Rolls Royce Trent 900 engines, each with 72,000 pounds of thrust, get the big bertha off the ground.

    According to Airbus, the A380 sets "new environmental benchmarks in air-transport [with] unmatched fuel efficiency of less than three litres per passenger per 100 kilometres."

    Credit: Luke Anderson/ZDNet Australia

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  • None of this is new...

    All of the tech offerings for the passengers has been available on SIA's 777-300's for a year odd now....

    Also you don't need an adaptor for an Australian plug... You do for a British style plug though, amusingly the kind used in Singapore...
  • Correction

    The 747-400, A340-500 and (select) 777s in the Singapore fleet have a reduced selection of 80 movies, 100 TV programmes and 180 CDs. They run Panasonic Avionic's S3000 and S3000i system and not the newer EX2, which is found on the Airbus A380.
  • I wouldnt correct if you are wrong.

    777-300's run EX2 and have done for a year as stated.

    Please if you can state a material difference between the IFE on the A380 and 777-300 in SIA's fleet?
  • Should correct myself though

    777-300ER's or 77W to be totally correct