Singapore Airlines Takes Delivery of Second Airbus A380

Second Airbus A380 delivered to Singapore Airlines (photo by Singarpore Airlines) 

On 11JAN2008, Singapore Airlines took delivery of its second Airbus A380 super-jumbo. The first one was delivered in front of the press, as it was the first ever A380 to be handed over for regular operations. The second one didn’t get as much attention and such a big ceremony, either, it was delivered and entered service relatively “quiet”, which marks the real entrance into everyday operations of the A380 in my opinion. From now on it is not “the A380”, but it’s one of the airplane types being operated around the world, and most probably – unless there is a problem while engine testing (which we hope will never happen again) – we will start not hearing about A380 deliveries, except for the firsts at each new airline that puts the model into service.

The first aircraft still flies daily between Singapore Changi airport and Sydney. The delivery of the second will allow Singapore Airlines to complement the first aircraft, allowing some rotation of aircraft on the existing Sydney route, and providing opportunities for crew training. The onboard set-up is exactly the same as on the first one (registration number: 9V-SKA) with 471 seats in three classes.

Then, on delivery of the third aircraft in late February, Singapore Airlines will start a daily service between Singapore and London Heathrow.

Singapore Airlines is the first to fly the A380, and is currently still the only airline in the world operating the aircraft. They have firm orders for a further 17 A380s.

by balint01

10 Responses to “Singapore Airlines Takes Delivery of Second Airbus A380”

  1. 1 achraf January 21, 2008 at 4:53 pm


  2. 2 balint01 January 21, 2008 at 5:29 pm

    Dear achraf,
    Singapore Airlines have ordered 19 A380’s originally, when the plane was not yet ready, so this is not a new order. And they get the biggest reputation and marketing by being the first airline in the world to operate this aircraft, so I think it’s a great and smart move from the management. On the other hand, besides those two incidents that we reported about (which were not due to the aircraft itself but to the faults by the ground crew in both cases) the new type has done very well in the first months of operations, even better than expected, I would say. As far as we know there were no cancelled flights due to technical reasons, which proves that the type operates just fine.
    We’ll see as time goes by, how the A380 will behave in the long run operations but so far it looks good in my opinion.

  3. 3 achraf January 21, 2008 at 6:16 pm

    Dear balint01 ,

    No body doubt about singapore airlines reputation .It s the contrary ,i m proud to see such emerging company .But i would appreciate if the management make sure first that the
    engine is practical and then order whatever is the number .
    The A380 became famous by it s delay , construction problems and to make it worst two incidents after fwe weeks after its launch .though for the second incidents i still doubt if it s related to ground operation or technical .
    As i said in the first message ,i hope i m wrong but one thing is sure it looks doubtfull in my opinion .And i will never bet on unexperienced horse / plane .

  4. 4 balint01 January 21, 2008 at 8:12 pm

    I got your point achraf, and probably I wouldn’t be brave enough to be a launch customer for such a breakthrough technology new airliner, either. Same with the Dreamliner, just think about required brand new procedures for fuselage investigations and checks due to new composite materials.
    But at the end of the day it’s a decision between enormous marketing power and some possible operational glitches or no marketing but experienced and proven operations. You have to weigh these two options. I think anybody who’s a little bit intersted in aviation is now aware of Singapore Airlines and ANA, and the hundreds of millions of people who have seen the inagural flight of the A380 know Singapore now. They also know that it has the best first class service in the world! 🙂 And you couldn’t reach this marketing value in any other way.
    On the other hand if the same incidents (wing hitting the hangar door and plane running off the taxiway while taxiing) happen to a Singapore Airlines B747 or B777, or to a Lufthansa A 320, we wouldn’t have heard about them at all, as they are nothing major… They made it to the worldwide media because the A380 was involved.

  5. 5 yap ploy January 22, 2008 at 4:08 am

    Dear Balint01,
    Could you please tell me what will become of the older airplanes that are being replace with the new A320. Due its size Singapore Airlines requires vast storage space for them if they are not in the skies. Taking into account that Singapore City is facing space constrains what is SIA plans for them?

  6. 6 balint01 January 22, 2008 at 5:39 am

    Dear yap ploy,
    First of all Singapore will most likely phase out the currently used Boeing 747-400’s from the operations as it receives the new A380’s. Actually they currently have 19 Jumbo Jets, and will have 19 A380’s when they receive all of them. So they are most likely replacing the 747’s with the A380’s.
    Where will these Boeings go? They will be either:
    – given back to the airplane leasing company who will lease them out to other airlines where they will be repainted and used for years to come, or
    – simply be sold (if SIA owns them at the moment) to another airline or to an airplane leasing company, then will be repainted and used for years to come, or
    – they will be kept by SIA (which I doubt) who will simply have more aircraft and will use them on more routes or they will provide more frequencies on their existing routes. In this case they would remain with the same paint and would be used for years to come.
    I personally think the first two options are the most likely scenarios, though.

  7. 7 airport delivery singapore May 3, 2013 at 8:21 am

    For me, Singapore Airlines is the best airline for me in Asia.

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