SIA’s latest A380 order will be the third to be placed by the airline and its A350 XWB order the second. Singapore Airlines now operates 19 Airbus A380s and already had firm orders in place for 20 A350s, for delivery from 2015. SIA will transfer 20 Boeing 787s on order to low-cost arm Scoot and return its five A340-500s to Airbus.

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Thai Airways International has taken delivery of the first of six Airbus A380s on order, becoming the ninth airline to operate the world’s largest airliner.

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The 10-year partnership will go beyond codesharing to include integrated network collaboration with coordinated pricing, sales and scheduling. Qantas will launch daily A380 services from both Sydney and Melbourne to London via Dubai. Together Emirates and Qantas will offer 98 weekly services between Australia and Dubai.

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For its 2012-13 northern winter operating season, Singapore Airlines will stop flying Airbus A380s to New York JFK but will offer A380 service to San Francisco for the first time.

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The flight, which routed over Manhattan and other parts of New York City and which gave passengers a close-up view of the new, still-unfinished ‘Freedom Tower’, celebrated the 70th anniversary of Azriel (Al) “Blackie’ Blackman’s service with American Airlines and a forebear company.

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Having been the first airline to offer an Airbus A380 service to the U.S., Emirates operating flights to New York JFK with the superjumbo from August 2008, the Dubai-based carrier will replace a Boeing 777-300ER with an A380 on its other daily Dubai-JFK flight from January 1, 2013.

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The livery was designed by MAS specifically for its new A380 flagship and was applied post-delivery by Airbus in Toulouse.

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The first A380 for Thai Airways International was rolled out of the Airbus paint shop in Hamburg over the weekend of June 23-June 24, bearing the airline’s distinctive livery.

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The Russian carrier plans to operate the Airbus A380s on its long-range network of high-density routes from Moscow. The aircraft will feature a three-class cabin layout, seating about 700 passengers.

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Malaysia Airlines has taken delivery of its first A380, becoming the eighth operator of the world’s largest airliner.

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The first A380 for Malaysia Airlines returned to Toulouse on May 9, 2012 following completion of interior furnishing and cabin system tests in Hamburg. The aircraft is now stationed at the Airbus flight line at Toulouse for final system checks before customer acceptance and delivery.

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Singapore Airlines will mark its 40th anniversary of operating direct services between Singapore and Osaka by operating daily Airbus A380 flights between Changi International Airport and Kansai International Airport from Friday, August 10 to Wednesday, August 15.

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Currently, Singapore Airlines operates two of the flights with A380 superjumbos and one with a Boeing 777-300ER. From June 1, the third daily service will also be operated by an A380.

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The aircraft took off from Toulouse Blagnac Airport and after a flight of more than four hours the aircraft landed in Hamburg in Germany, where it is entering the next phase of production, covering cabin installation and painting.

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From this week, customers can book tickets for combined travel on JetBlue Airways and Korean Air through New York John F. Kennedy International Airport, Washington Dulles International Airport and Los Angeles International Airport.

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SIA’s inaugural A380 service to New York was scheduled to touch down at JFK at 11:10 a.m. on January 16, but according to Flightstats.com actually landed early at 10:39 a.m. The aircraft was scheduled to depart New York JFK again at 8:10 p.m., bound for Frankfurt and Singapore.

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On August 1, 2012, Houston’s George Bush Intercontinental Airport will become the first airport in Texas to receive Airbus A380 scheduled service, when Lufthansa upgrades the aircraft type it uses to operate its daily Houston-Frankfurt flight.

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At the first station, the A380’s front, central, and aft fuselages, wings, and horizontal and vertical tail plane are assembled.

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Qatar Airways signed a firm order on November 15 at the Dubai Airshow 2011 for 50 A320neo-family jets and five Airbus A380 super-jumbos. Reports from the show indicate that the airline has also optioned another 30 Airbus A320neo-family jets and three additional A380s.

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