A380 takes to the skies

I don’t know about you but I love flying. I’m scared of heights but take me up in an aircraft and I’m deliriously happy.

It’s been interesting to see all the fuss about the new Airbus A380 which landed in Sydney yesterday after its first commercial flight from Singapore. It’s a shame that it’s on the other side of the country becuase I’d certainly like to get a look at the massive aircraft and I’d love to fly in it sometime.

According to this article at News.com.au, Singapore Airlines has set up the plane with 399 economy seats, 60 business seats, and a ‘suites’ class of 12 compartments with flat-screen televisions about the size of a briefcase, sheets by French designer Givenchy and a full-length bed behind sliding doors.

I doubt I’ll ever get to sample anything but economy class if I do get to fly in an A380. I’ve almost given up on being approached by a multi-millionaire who wants to employ me to fly first class around the world on a regular basis.

The thing that interests me is how they’ll get everyone on and off the plane quickly enough. Planes generally use just one door to get everyone loaded and unloaded. It already seems to take forever to get everyone in and seated with planes half its size.

Although, with an aircraft that big I guess they could just park the plane sideways at the terminal. I can imagine it now. “Ladies and gentlemen, your flight is now boarding at Gate 3 … and Gate 4 … and Gate 5 … and Gate 6 …..

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Rodney Olsen

Rodney is a husband, father, cyclist, blogger and podcaster from Perth Western Australia.

He previously worked in radio for about 25 years but these days he spends his time at Compassion Australia, working towards releasing children from poverty in Jesus' name.

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