“When the Boeing 747 was introduced in 1970, it revolutionised air travel for the next 37 years. The A380 also marks the start of a new era of air travel. The first commercial A380 Flight is unique, an experience that will eventually be shared by millions of people, some of whom are yet to be born. I’ll be able to say that I was join first!”
Singapore Airlines have the greatest ticket office staff in Sydney, who tirelessly looking after my booking and ensure that there were no errors or mistakes. I received my invitation card and ticket through the post one week prior to the flight. The trip started with my complimentary Limo arrived 10 minutes early to pick me up. Melissa, a wonderful ticket officer escorts me and helps me with the luggage on the quick and easy trip to the airport. We chatted about planes and pictures, I am surprised Melissa knows my personal website and some pictures I took, what a pleasant surprise to me!
The BMW 7 series Limo outside of my house.
Enroute to Sydney Airport.
Arrived at Sydney Airport, posing pictures in front of signs of SQ 380 with SQ staff members.
Welcome at check-in.
Singapore Airlines Suites Check-in
After arriving at Sydney Airport, I was escorted directly to the dedicated check-in deck. The friendly check-in agent printed me a spare copy of Boarding pass for my collection purpose. I was also given an express immigration and security card. I then headed to Gate 53 to attend the pre-flight welcome function.
Special signs of SQ380 historic flight in Sydney Airport.
She awaits for the voyage! Dream of 450 passengers!
The operating crew posing for a group photo prior boarding the A380.
Myself posing in front of Gate 57, the A380 specially assigned gate.
NSW Premier The Hon. Morris Iemma gives his speech in welcome the A380.
After the welcome ceremony for all passengers on this historic flight, there was an announcement, due to lightning activity, the ground crew will stop loading the airplane until it is cleared. I went upstairs to the Silver Kris Lounge for some rest. There were few passengers there waiting for SQ222 (B747-400 9V-SMU) that afternoon which is also slightly delayed due to the weather. After sitting uninterestingly in the First Class lounge for 15 mins, I suddenly awake, the CEO of Singapore Airlines, Mr Chew Choon Seng walks in the lounge and sat in front of me!
Sitting down together with Mr Chew Choon Seng, the CEO of Singapore Airlines. He is very charming and friendly.
More picture with Mr Chew, who travelled later back to Singapore on SQ222 (B747-400)
A picture of A380 Captain Robert Ting, who came to the lounge to brief his senior about the weather delay issue.
What an honor to sit next to one of the world’s most admired company CEO! We chatted about 15 minutes and I noticed his wealth knowledge of the A/C types, routes and news about his company. I made a joke about my girlfriend would like a portrait of him as he is full of charms which makes him face red in front of his team…….. I congratulated him about the First A380 charity flight project. We exchange some pleasantries before he “jumped ship” and left Sydney qucikly on SQ 222, a B747-400 flight. The chairman of SIA, Mr Stephen Lee was also present, with Mr Paul Tan VP of South West Pacific of SIA.
SQ222 Airborne, while the A380 loading continues.
The A380 was further delayed until 5pm due to a Qantas catering truck is having problem.
Boarding finally commenced around 1720. Suites Class passengers have its own Jetbridge to board first. There were 2 other jetbridges, One connects to the upper deck and one connected to Door 2 Left of the main deck (Economy Class)
Singapore Airlines Suites Boarding Pass
Definitely an occasion to take a photo, boarding the World’s First Commercial A380 flight !!
A picture with the Singapore Airlines hired TV Crew filming passengers entering the A380 cabin.
Pictures of flight deck, with Capt Robert Ting and Gerry Peacock in charge today. Ready to push back from Gate 57 to start the journey!
Wave of goodbye from the Ground Staff. Flight underway soon!
A nice complementary Bose Noise Cancelling headset makes a great gift for the flight, also a special edition of Krisworld is presented.
Leading Stewardess Fern, serving Champagne, The Dom Perignon Rose 1996
Takeoff was conducted around 1810 from Rwy 34L of Sydney Kingsford Smith Int’l with about 70% of thrust, the A380 rotated gentlely long around Rwy 07/25 (Cross Rwy) intersection and track NW direction after airborne. Suite 3A can be identified from the 3rd picture, the only seat with 3 windows between Door 1L and 2L. (Above 4 photos by Cheng Qiu)
Enjoying the climb by laying down.
Gorgeous Sunset underway!
Suite seat in reclinimg mode. Cruising at 39,000 ft.
Toasting with another Flight Enthusiast, Roger from Melbourne in Suite 2A.
With Fern, who tiredlessly looking after Suites passenger for over 7 hours journey to Singapore.
Another photo with Fern, note the sunset from the window behind.
SIA chairman Mr Stephen Lee and Captain Robert Ting came to present my Flight Certificate, a very nicely framed and printed.
Picture together with Chairman and chief Pilot
Presenting the flight certificate to each passenger.
Photo with Gino, a Miami resident who flown both Singapore to Sydney and return Sydney to Singapore on 1st A380 commercial.
We’re all on the history making flight !
With A380 Chief Pilot Claude Lelaie of Airbus, I have met Claude in Toulouse, Sydney and now on the 1st A380 commercial to Singapore.
1st: Chilled Malossol Caviar
2nd: Cauliflower and Gorgonzola Panna Cota
3rd: Tomato Consomme with Lobster Medallion
4th: Surprise (not on menu) Seafood Avacado
5th: ‘Rock and Roll’ Salad
6th: Steamed Rock Lobster and Wok Seared Wagyu Steak
7th: (Most creative) Lemongrass Gelo
Enjoying the best in-flight meal I ever had!
With the acclaimed chef, Sam Leong.
Leading Stewardness Sindy pouring Tomato Consomme
Leading Steward Vinod serving the D’Estournel 1982
An opportunity to have pictures taken with all the First Class crew.
F/A Fern posing after set up the double bed.
This is how the Suite looks like when door is closed.
The Suite are very wide and even with the bed set up, you still have room to change clothes and stretech around.
Time to have a quick rest.
More to nibble on…Tantalising Tapas by Matthew Moran
and…What a Pleasant Surprise! Leading F/A Fern used the flower display to make this gift for me!
F/A Fern and her team presented me this flower prior to landing, wishing me good luck with my stay in Singapore.
Captain Ting announced the A380 has conducted a fully automatic landing on Rwy 20R of Changi. The first automatic landing in A380 commercial history !
Arrived at Gate F31 in Singapore at 2359 LT.
“An experience that surpasses anything the Airline has ever offered in terms of customer comfort, service and amenities. And we’re talking about a company that on any given day provides a world-class flying experience!”
Thank you Singapore Airlines – A Great Way To Fly!
Gift from the A380 flight.
Gift from inside the Mandarina Duck goodie bag.
My Signed Log Book, great memory of SQ380.