Singapore Airlines Airbus A380: Today it was my absolute pleasure to get up and personal with Singapore Airlines Airbus A380 here in Sydney, and that I did. Ben Hoffman Aka The Business Travel Guru Checking out SIAs Business Seat The day started off in Singapore Airlines Media tent to witness the giving of the proceeds of Singapore Airlines Airbus A380 charity flight eBay auction to its beneficiaries, and to take a look at mock ups of Singapore Airlines A380 cabin seats, this was followed up with guided tour of the real life Singapore Airlines Airbus A380. Singapore AIrlines Suite Class with the Singapore Girls Video Screen in the Singaore Airlines Suite Business Travel Guru’s impression of the aircraft, cabin and seats The first thing that struck me before I had even entered, then when entering was both the external and internal size of this magnificent aircraft, Singapore Airlines has pitched their A380 at the upper end of the of the market, with this extra space being achieved by reducing the total number of seats on the aircraft from Airbus’s standard configuration for 555 seats down 471 seats in Singapore Airlines A380. Singapore Airlines Airbus A380 – dubbed The Big Fella by Sydney’s Air traffic Controllers Anyone that has flown Business Class in the upper deck of a Boeing 747, you would know the limited space in the overhead lockers, and limited height of the ceiling. For the A380 this is a non issue the upper deck has plenty of space all round, I would have been forgiven for thinking I was on the lower deck. Singapore Airlines Suites all as I can say is WOW; these suites are as large private and exclusive. The seat in its bed configuration is extremely comfortable at 198 cm X 69 cm (78 X 27 in rectangular), I could easily get a good night’s sleep in these. After the suite in its bed configuration the next thing that sticks out is the Video entertainment unit, the picture quality and brightness was superb, bringing the picture to life. If you are travelling with a partner the highlight of this class would be obtaining two suites in the middle row, and converting the both suite seats into a double bed. Before actually physically seeing the Singapore Airlines Suites the word was that they may not be as private as they are made out to be, but hey take my word for; this is the most private Upper first in the industry today, if you were/or are lucky enough to fly in Singapore Airlines Suite Class you would truly feel like being in a class of your own. Singapore Airlines A380 Business Class Singapore Airlines A380 Business Seat had all the amenities you could or ask or wish for, when you first see the seat it’s hard to imagine a business class seat of this size, just looks too big, and it does not look right, then again what we have been used to in Business Class has […]
Bidding has got off to a great start for seats on Singapore Airlines first commercial flight of the Airbus A380 from Singapore to Sydney on 25 of October 2007. This first allotment of seats has just over 4 days to run before bidding ends and already there has been a maximum bid of US$5,000 for a single economy seat, and US$8000 for a single Business Class seat. This is just a glimpse of what will be seen, come the end of the auction, when bids will be going thru the roof. In addition to auctioning seats Singapore Airlines will be releasing during the bidding period a limited number of Buy it now seats, which will give the general public a chance to purchase seats at a pre set price. These Buy It Now seats will be released throughout the two week auction period and I am guessing will be the best opportunity for anyone looking to purchase it at a reasonable price. You never know Singapore Airlines may just release some seats with a very low Buy it Now price. Now If you are interested being the first to try Singapore Airlines A380 Suite, there is currently a buy it now item for a Two suite package, which also includes a personal invitation to the A380 delivery celebrations in Toulouse, France, return first class tickets to Singapore to attend the inaugural flight, and complimentary accommodation in Singapore and Sydney. The Buy it Now price on this package is set at US$380,000. Check out the Singapore Airlines eBay Auction A380 Suite package It’s still not too late to register for an eBay account or Pre-Qualify for the Singapore Airlines A380 eBay auction, as seats will be progressively released over the next two weeks.
Airbus and Singapore Airlines have agreed a delivery time table for the first Airbus A380 to be delivered and go into commercial production. The delivery schedule is as follows: Monday 15 October 2007: Aircraft Handover Ceremony Toulouse France Days after handover/Delivery: Aircraft flown to Home airport Singapore’s Changi Thursday 25 October 2007: First Commercial Flight SQ380 Singapore to Sydney Friday 26 October 2007: Return flight Sydney to Singapore If you want to be part of this history making first commercial flight of the Airbus A380, you can, Singapore Airlines are auctioning via eBay the majority of this flights seats with 100% of the proceeds going to the following charities: One-third to Singapore’s Community Chest One-third split between the Sydney Children’s Hospital, Randwick and the Children’s Hospital at Westmead, Both in Sydney. One-third to Médecins Sans Frontières (Doctors without borders) Singapore Airlines Chief Executive Officer, Mr Chew Choon Seng, said the delivery would Mark the beginning of a new chapter for the aviation industry. “Everyone at Singapore Airlines is keenly anticipating the delivery of this new plane, and our people are working hard on final preparation for its entry into service. The first flight promises to be one of the most exciting occasions in aviation history. “We are overwhelmed by the support of the community – from all over the world – for the charity auction. And I would like to thank the many partners and service providers that have followed the lead of our fuel supplier, ExxonMobil, and eBay, in donating their services for the First Flight’s charitable causes. “While occasions like this are few and far between, we hope this enthusiasm generates support for very worthwhile causes,” Mr Chew said To take part in the eBay auction you will need the following: Ebay ID Signup here, eBay signup page (if you don’t already have an account) Names & Passport details of people travelling Sign up for Pre-qualification Pre-qualificatin Sign-up page (For Premium classes Business & Suites) or for bids over US$1000 For more information on the eBay auction of Singapore Airline’s first commercial flight of the Airbus A380 can be found on the following eBay Page: Count Down to the Worlds First A380 Commercial Flight Any and every Airline and Airplane buff will want to be on this flight, but I am sure demand will outstrip supply of seats and the cost of a seat will go sky high, which is a good thing, as the money is going to charity. I think I will try my luck in the auction, but I don’t like my chances. [:'(]