After several years, the A380 is finally ready to fly. Commercially, that is.
In response to requests from people all over the world to be passengers on the first flight, Singapore Airlines will auction the seats on global online marketplace, eBay.
Bids will be invited for seats on this history-making flight, and winning bidders will know that every dollar they pay will go to worthwhile charities. All customers will receive a personalised ceremonial certificate confirming they were part of the first-ever commercial A380 flight.
Singapore Airlines Chief Executive Officer, Chew Choon Seng, said the Airline wants to acknowledge the widespread interest in the entry into commercial service of this all-new airplane, and to use the opportunity to benefit worthwhile charities.
“The first commercial A380 flight will be a moment in aviation history. It will be a once-in-a-lifetime experience, on an aircraft that will mark a new chapter in air travel.
“And while we will celebrate the event, we also wish to remember the people who are less fortunate and can be assisted by the charities to which all the proceeds will go,” Mr Chew said.
Source: Singapore Airlines website
Beneficiaries of the auction are the Communy Chest in Singapore, Sydney Children’s Hospital, Randwick, and The Children’s Hospital at Westmead in Sydney, and Médecins Sans Frontières (Doctors Without Borders).
There is no definite date for the flight nor for the auction, though Singapore Airlines and eBay announced that it will happen a couple of weeks before the flight. For more information about the auction and the A380, visit Singapore Airline’s A380 website.
Hmm. I’ve had enough auctions for this year. I’m giving this a pass :P