Come 2006, Singapore Airlines will be the first airline in the world to fly the first-ever fully double-decker aircraft, the Airbus A380-800. The Airline has ten aircraft on firm
order and 15 on option. The order, announced in September 2000, is worth US$8.6 billion, including the cost of spares and installed engines (but not including the cost
of spare engines).
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The new aircraft made a successful landing after its first test flight at 1223 hrs GMT. This test flight marks the start of the
Airbus A380 flight
test campaign, which involves approximately 2,500 hours of test flights on a total of five development aircraft. The campaign will culminate with certification by the
European and American airworthiness authorities. Once certification is complete, the world's largest commercial airliner will enter into service with Singapore Airlines.
The first to experience the luxury of the Singapore Airlines A380 will be passengers flying on the Kangaroo route, between London, Singapore and Sydney.
Flights are expected to take off second quarter 2006.
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