Install

Get the latest updates as we post them — right on your browser

. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Double-Decker A380 Makes Its First Commercial Voyage

APAn Australian couple enjoying the first commerical A380 flight Thursday.
SYDNEY, Australia -- The world's biggest jumbo jet landed safely in Sydney on Thursday, completing its long-delayed first commercial flight from Singapore.

The double-decker A380 emerged from low-lying cloud to fly over Sydney's famous harbor before touching down on time, a contrast to two years of delays which pushed its European manufacturer Airbus into a loss.

Watched by hundreds of airport staff and aviation enthusiasts lining fences outside the airport, passengers on the inaugural Singapore Airlines flight disembarked without a hitch.

The wet Sydney afternoon did nothing to dampen passengers' enthusiasm.

"It was great being a part of history," said Michael Sim, who said he had paid about 30 percent more for his ticket than he would have on other flights.

Passengers paid from $560 to $100,380 for seats on the inaugural flight, after bidding for the tickets as part of a charity auction to drum up publicity.

"It was a very smooth rise, and much quieter than the 747," Rainer Silhavy said.

During the flight, first-class passengers reclined in suites modeled on luxury yacht interiors and slumbered in proper beds, which the airline said can be converted into doubles.

French design house Givenchy crafted the bedding, while passengers ate off fine bone chinaware and drank from crystal glasses.

"Of course it was the first flight, so you get most of the first class treatment. I hope they keep that up," Sim said.

The A380 can seat more than 800 passengers, although Singapore Airlines, the first airline to take delivery of the plane, has configured the aircraft to seat 470 over two decks.