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27 January 2010
Commercial Aircraft

First A380 customer's network to grow with Zurich service startup

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Airbus' 21st century flagship jetliner made its inaugural visit to Switzerland this month in preparation for Singapore Airlines' new A380 service to Zurich, which launches in March.

Singapore Airlines will expand its A380 service to Zurich, Switzerland in March, introducing Airbus' 21st century flagship jetliner to the seventh city in this carrier's network and its third destination in Europe.



Daily A380 service between Singapore and Zurich will replace the airline's current 12-weekly flights between the two cities, which are operated with smaller Boeing 777-300ER aircraft. Singapore Airlines' current fleet of 10 A380s already fly to London, Tokyo, Paris, Hong Kong, Melbourne and Sydney - which was the first commercial destination for the next-generation jetliner in October 2007.



Earlier this month, one of Airbus' development A380s made the first visit to Switzerland in preparation for Singapore Airlines' service introduction. During a 20 January stopover, the jetliner underwent compatibility testing at Zurich Airport - where some 20,000 spectators gathered to watch its arrival. A delegation of 140 journalists then toured the aircraft.



The A380 flew to Geneva the next day, where its appearance was timed with the completion of a high-level international conference on environmental preservation jointly hosted by Airbus, the International Air Transport Association (IATA), the Air Transport Action Group and the Airports Council International. Its presence underscored the A380's eco-efficiency, which is helping the aviation industry's commitment to minimise greenhouse gas emissions.



"It's great to see the A380 in a city IATA knows well‚" IATA Director General and Chief Executive Officer Giovanni Bisignani told delegates at the conference. "We've long enjoyed an effective and friendly relationship with Airbus‚ and have worked together on many technical issues."

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