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10th anniversary of first A-380 flight to London

Over 200mln passengers have flown with it

Airbus and Heathrow Airport celebrate the 10th anniversary of A-380 airplane operations departing and arriving from this airport. They began on 18 March, 2008 with the arrival of the first A-380, Singapore Airlines (SIA) flight SQ308 coming from Singapore-Changi Airport, making the London airport one of the first to welcome this double decker plane.

Heathrow is now the world’s busiest airport by this model by number of operators with nine airlines (British Airways, Korean Air, Malaysia Airlines, Thai Airways, Singapore Airlines, Qantas, Emirates, Etihad Airways, Qatar Airways) operating to 13 destinations in the world operating around 50 daily flights. London Airport serves 78 million passengers a year of which 10 percent travel on board of an A-380.

Passenger traffic doubles every 15 years and the plane is and remains the solution for absorbing growth by using aircraft slots more efficiently, in particular when airports have a limited capacity. 

To date, more than 200 million passengers have flown with it, and the superjumbo is operated on over 120 routes to 60 destinations.

To celebrate the 10th anniversary Airbus and Heathrow will offer passengers landing at London Airport on A-380 flights from 18 to 28 March with goodies; ten lucky passengers will also receive VIP packs.

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