Singapore Airlines made the first A380 flight 14 years ago

It’s hard to believe it’s been 14 years since a Singapore Airlines Airbus A380 first took off. On October 25, 2007, the aircraft made its first commercial flight from Singapore to Sydney. 14 years later, the entire Singapore Airlines fleet is grounded, although it will return to London next month.

14 years ago, the Airbus A380 made its first commercial flight. Photo: Getty Images.

14 years ago, Airbus was full of optimism for the giant A380. However, with the decline of the quadjet, the plane never really took off as the manufacturer had hoped. Long before the pandemic, Airbus had already disconnected the new controls, and now many jets are permanently immobilized.

14 years since the first flight

14 years ago, the Airbus A380 took off for the first time on a scheduled commercial flight with its launch customer, Singapore Airlines. The aircraft performed the well-coded flight SQ380 from Singapore to Sydney on October 25, 2007.

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Singapore Airlines wisely assigned the first flight the flight number SQ380. Photo: Getty Images

As with the inaugural flights, Singapore Airlines put on the show. Of course, given that this was the very first A380 flight with passengers, a bigger deal than usual was struck. Like the first A350 flight with British Airways, one of the gifts passengers received was a certificate commemorating the flight.

Of course, such thefts arouse the interest of various parties. For a passenger, the giant Airbus A380’s first flight was more special than most. Thomas Lee was one of the passengers on the inaugural flight of the world’s largest airliner. Lee also made the inaugural flight of the Boeing 747 with Pan Am in 1970. This flight operated from New York to London on January 21.

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Thomas Lee made the first commercial flight of the Boeing 747 and the Airbus A380. Photo: Getty Images

Most of the passengers were given a glass of champagne on board, although the youngest passenger, Quek Pin Liang, 10 months from Singapore, reportedly abstained. Leong Lou Teck, 91, was probably the oldest passenger on the flight.

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Francis Wu celebrated his 22nd birthday aboard the A380 14 years ago. Photo: Getty Images

The trip was also more of a celebration for a Hong Kong student named Francis Wu. Wu celebrated his 22nd birthday aboard the flight. Her parents bought her ticket for $ 1,250 at an online charity auction. Today, he is celebrating his 36th birthday.

What future for the Airbus A380?

Sadly, over the past 14 years, the Airbus A380 has started to fall out of favor, both with Singapore Airlines and others. Half of Singapore Airlines’ fleet has now been withdrawn, with Air France even planning to withdraw its entire fleet before the start of the pandemic. Since then, Lufthansa has also ruled out the jet, while Etihad is no longer expected to fly the giant. With the future of the A380 assured for at least a decade by Emirates, the question remains,

The future of the A380, does it have one outside of Dubai?

Airbus A380, Singapore Airlines, first flight
Join Andreas and I to discuss the future of the Airbus A380 on November 10.

On November 10, I will discuss the matter with freelance aviation journalist Andreas Spaeth, who was also on board the inaugural flight of the A380. You can participate in our discussion, in addition to attending main interviews and a daily Simple Flying avgeek quiz in the next Flight Forum of the Future hosted by Simple Flying and Avia Dev.

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