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Thursday, October 25, 2007

World's Biggest Jet Takes Flight

The world's largest jetliner made aviation history Thursday, completing its first commercial flight from Singapore to Sydney with 455 passengers, some of them ensconced in luxury suites and double beds.

The Airbus superjumbo lifted off from Singapore's Changi Airport and landed about seven hours later in Sydney. Also aboard Flight SQ380 was a crew of about 30, including four pilots.

Flight attendants handed out champagne and certificates to passengers, some of whom paid tens of thousands of dollars in an online auction for seats.

"I have never been in anything like this in the air before in my life," said Australian Tony Elwood, reclining with his wife, Julie, on the double bed in their private first-class suite.

The Boeing 747 jumbo jet generally carries about 400 passengers. The A380 — as tall as a seven-story building with each wing big enough to hold 70 cars — is capable of carrying 853 passengers in an all-economy class configuration.

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Blogger Stan Matuska said...

I don't think I would go on the first commercial flight if it were free!!!

I like the idea of a suite though, but I'm sure I'll never be able to afford it.

How long do you think it takes to board and unboard the plane???

They say bigger isn't always better, but my wife tends to disagree. Go figure.

title="comment permalink">October 25, 2007 11:20 PM  
Blogger Undeniable Liberal said...

I'm surprised that huge thing can move, let alone fly.
Looks scary, although the suite makes it a little easier to join the mile-high club.

title="comment permalink">October 26, 2007 7:17 AM  
Blogger Parson said...

I wonder if they will show An Inconvenient Truth as a in-flight movie?

title="comment permalink">October 26, 2007 10:33 PM  
Blogger Dan Klug said...

Does al gore know about this? :)

title="comment permalink">October 26, 2007 11:28 PM  
Blogger John Good said...

Stan - After you get to a certain size of plane, you HAVE TO have concerns about what will actually stay in the air!

Undeniable - Yes, but can you smoke after sex??

Parson - Yes! In wiiiiiidescreen format!

Dan - Know about it? He lives on this one - that way he doesn't add any extra pollution by flying solo!

title="comment permalink">October 29, 2007 7:31 PM  

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