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Happy birthday A380! Prizes for pax on 10th anniversary

March 21, 2018 Headline News No Comments Email Email

The A380 has been flying for 10 years now, so London Heathrow airport and Airbus have got together to celebrate the milestone, with passenger giveaway awards which will continue until 28 March.

On March 18th 2008, Heathrow’s first A380 flight touched down. Singapore Airlines flight SQ308 from Singapore Changi made Heathrow one of the first airport’s to welcome the iconic Airbus double-decker.

Heathrow is now the world’s busiest A380 airport by number of A380 operators, serving 78 million passengers a year. Every day, some 50 A380 flights carry 10% of Heathrow’s daily passenger traffic on a choice of nine airlines to reach 15 global destinations.

Surprise! Family wins goodies at A380 promotion at London Heathrow

Passenger traffic doubles every 15 years and both Heathrow and Airbus agree that the A380 remains the best solution for absorbing growth by using aircraft slots more efficiently; especially where airport capacity is limited.

“The A380 is also a good neighbour and won a UK noise abatement society award in recognition of its low noise operations, generating 50% less noise energy on departure than its nearest competitor, as well as up to four times less when landing,” a joint statement said.

To celebrate the tenth anniversary, Airbus and Heathrow are surprising passengers landing at Heathrow on select A380 flights. Up to 28 March 2018, those chosen receive A380 goodies.

Iconic Airbus A380

Ten lucky passengers will also receive VIP packs to continue their journey to London in style, including complimentary Porter service at the airport, Heathrow Express Business First tickets to Central London or WeKnowLondon Chauffeur Drive to winners’ chosen address, and a GBP 250 WeKnowLondon voucher.

To date, more than 200 million passengers have flown on A380s. According to a survey carried out by Epinion, 98% of A380 passengers would recommend flying on the A380 to their friends and family, and 60% are willing to make an extra effort to fly with the aircraft.

The A380 is now flying on over 120 routes to 60 destinations.

Head of A380 market development at Airbus, David Dufrenois, said: “The A380 is essential to the operations of Heathrow, which is today the first hub in the world for long haul traffic. As 70% of long haul-traffic connects through hubs, the unique A380 offer strengthens Heathrow’s passenger appeal over other airports.”

MEANWHILE, The main sections of the first A380 for Japan’s All Nippon Airways (ANA) arrived yesterday at the Airbus final assembly line in Toulouse, France in a special convoy, with six subassemblies – the nose, central and aft fuselage sections, the tailplane, and the two wings.

ANA Holdings placed a firm order for three A380s in 2016, becoming the first customer for the superjumbo in Japan.

The first delivery is scheduled early in 2019, and the A380 will initially be operated on the Tokyo-Honolulu route. ANA’s A380s will feature a special ‘Honu’ Hawaiian green sea turtle livery, symbolizing good luck and prosperity.

Edited by Peter Needham

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