A Video Journey of First Airbus A380 Deliveries July 6, 2013Posted by Arun Rajagopal in Airlines, Aviation.
Tags: A380, Air France, Airbus, british airways, China Southern Airlines, Delivery Flight, Emirates, Korean Air, Lufthansa, Malaysia Airlines, Qantas, Singapore Airlines, Thai Airways
On 3rd July, 2013, British Airways became the world’s 10th airline to become an Airbus A380 operator.
Here’s a look back into time when these 10 airlines took delivery of their first Airbus A380s. As you can see from these compendium of videos provided by Airbus, A380 delivery ceremonies are lavish and elaborate affairs, with beaming airline executives taking delivery of their mighty superjumbos in the company of Airbus executives. These events are lapped up by global media and aviation enthusiasts and often culminate in a take-off of the A380s from the Delivery Centre to their home bases, where they are accorded a royal welcome.
Singapore Airlines on 15th October, 2007 became the first airline in the world to take delivery of the A380.
Emirates followed suit on 28th July, 2008 and is today the world’s largest operator of the A380, with 35 in fleet and 55 on order. Make sure you watch this video capturing one of the grandest A380 delivery ceremonies ever!
Qantas on 19th September, 2008
Air France was the first European airline to join the elite A380 club on 30th October, 2009
Lufthansa on 19th May, 2010
Korean Air on 24th May, 2011
China Southern Airlines on 14th October, 2011
Malaysia Airlines on 29th May, 2012
Thai Airways on 27th September, 2012
And most recently,
British Airways on 3rd July, 2013