Monday, November 12, 2007

Airbus A380

Another milestone in aviation history was reached last month when the Airbus A380 entered commercial service for the first time with Singapore Airlines, serving their route between Singapore and Sydney. The A380 is the largest commercial passenger airliner in service. I was fortunate enough to see the aircraft in flight during a recent trip to Singapore.

I also saw the aircraft parked at the terminal in Singapore this past weekend. While it is impressive to see up close, it didn't seem as huge as I had orginally envisaged.

As this is arguably the most modern, technically advanced airliner flying in the world today, I found it somewhat humourous to see an Airbus technician using such age-old tools as a hammer and chisel to carry out repairs on the aircraft.:-)