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A380 Superjumbo heads for Heathrow

Heathrow Airport will be the destination for the first European journey of Airbus's new 'superjumbo'.

Heathrow Airport will be the destination for the first European journey of Airbus’s new ‘superjumbo,’ as the A380 flies from Singapore to London tomorrow.

Having completed its debut commercial flight from Singapore to Sydney last October, tomorrow will mark the first occasion that passengers to a European destination have experienced the double-deck, wide bodied aircraft.

The A380 offers new possibilities for on-flight format, containing combined two-deck floor space 50 per cent greater than its predecessor as world’s largest jet, Boeing’s Jumbo 747-400.

Despite its capacity to accommodate up to 853 people in an economy class only configuration, Singapore Airlines – the operator of tomorrow’s flight – will carry only around 470 passengers, allowing travellers to make the most of the extra space.

Marvin Tan, Singapore Airlines UK and Ireland general manager, said: "The arrival of the first commercial A380 flight to London will be a proud moment not only for Singapore Airlines but also for British aviation."

While the A380’s construction was principally based in Toulouse, Mr Tan highlighted the British connection, referring to "the magnificent wings of the aircraft made in Broughton and Filton and the plane powered by Rolls-Royce Trent 900 engines".

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