Airbus A380, Singapore Airlines. Pictures and Video


Airbus is a major aircraft manufacturer that was created from a consortium of aerospace manufacturers, Airbus Industrie, to compete with the American Boeing, McDonald Douglas and Lockheed companies which had been dominant for many years. Airbus is owned by EADS (European Aeronautic Defence and Space Company) and is based in France. The company manufactures about 50% of the world's jet airliners and employs well over 60,000 people in France, Germany, the United Kingdom and Spain. It has subsidiaries in the USA, Japan, China and India. It builds the A380, currently (2012) the world’s largest airliner.

Development of the A380 began as early as 1988, when a group of Airbus engineers led by Jean Roder began working on a secret project for an ultra-high-capacity airliner to compete with the Boeing 747, which dominated the market at that time. In 1990, following a presentation by Roder, formal approval to continue the project was given by the President and CEO of Airbus. The huge project, which was intended to slash operating costs in comparison to the Boeing 747, was announced at the 1990 Farnborough Air Show in the UK.

Although only two airlines had shown interest in such an aircraft, Airbus set up four teams, one from each of the company’s partners, Aérospatiale, Deutsche Aerospace AG, British Aerospace and CASA. Each team would present its design in 1992 and the best would be used. In June 1994, Airbus officially announced its plan to develop its large airliner, designated the A3XX. Various designs were considered, including a twin fuselage variation using the A340 as a basis. After conducting an extensive market analysis, the final design came down to a double-decker fuselage providing more passenger volume than a single decker. On 19 December 2000, Airbus announced its intention to launch an almost 9-billion-euro programme to build the newly-named A380. The number 8 was chosen as it resembles the double-deck cross section and is considered lucky in some Asian countries where the airliner was being marketed. Construction began on 23 January 2002. By the time the first aircraft had been completed, development costs had escalated to 11 billion euro. Initially the A380 had two seating variations: 555 in three classes or 853 (538 on the main deck and 315 on the upper deck), all economy class.

In May 2007, the configuration was reduced by 30 seats to 525 in three classes, reflecting the trend in premium class seating and the weight saving providing an increased flying range. The A380 is capable of flying nonstop from New York to Hong Kong. Future developments may see an A380 seating up to 960 passengers in an all-economy configuration.

Singapore Airlines
Singapore Airlines was the launch customer of Airbus A380, currently (2012) the world's largest passenger aircraft. Singapore Airlines began in 1947 as Malayan Airways Limited (MAL) formed by the Ocean Steamship Company of Liverpool, the Straits Steamship Company of Singapore and Imperial Airways, a British long range air transport company. MAL flew regular scheduled services from Singapore to Kuala Lumpur, Ipoh and Penang. It expanded steadily and went public in 1957. When the Federation of Malaysia was formed in 1953, the company changed its name from Malayan Airways to Malaysian Airways. After Singapore’s separation from the federation in 1966, the name was changed to Malaysia-Singapore Airlines under joint ownership of both governments. In 1972, the airline was split into two: Malaysia Airlines Berhard (later Malaysia Airlines) and Singapore Airlines. The airline expansion continued and today (2012) Singapore Airlines flies from Singapore to over 60 destinations in around 35 countries on 6 continents. The airline also plays a major role on the Kangaroo Route, the route flown by Qantas Airways between the UK and Australia. The airline’s success has also brought with it protectionist policies, which have hampered access to transpacific routes between Australia and the USA, as well as to gaining a foothold in providing services to Canada. As of August 2012, the Singapore Airlines fleet had a total of 102 aircraft in service, made up of Airbus A330-300, A350-500, A380-800, Boeing 777-200, 777-200ER, 777-300, 777-300ER, 787-9. The airline renews its fleet regularly in order to maintain first-class standards.

The photos and video shown here are of starts and landings made by Singapore Airlines Airbus A380 aircraft at Zurich Airport, Switzerland.

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