The A380 Takes Off, At Last

The first commercial flight of the Airbus A380 took place today. A Singapore Airlines A380 officially entered service with a flight from Singapore to Sydney, Australia, carrying 455 passengers. The new jumbo jet, which can carry up to 853 people in an all-economy configuration, has displaced the Boeing 747 as the world’s largest commercial airplane.

Even so, Boeing probably doesn’t have much to worry about: “Orders for the [Boeing] 787 have exceeded 700. The A380 has received 165 orders to date.”

We earlier posted a link to a video of a test evacuation of an A380. Pretty impressive.


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