First A380 commercial flight lands at Tokyo's Narita Airport
Japan's Narita Airport is the A380's newest commercial destination, with the first scheduled flight of Singapore Airlines arriving on 20 May from the carrier's Singapore home base.
The 21st century flagship touched down at 12:35 p.m., and was welcomed by a traditional firemen's salute with water canons before taxiing to Narita's Gate 46 - where passengers disembarked through three boarding bridges, including one to the upper deck.
Tokyo's Narita Airport is an important hub for Singapore Airlines, which is why the carrier selected it as the A380's first Asian destination, according to Philip Goh, the General Manager of Singapore Airlines' Tokyo office. "We wish a happy 30th anniversary to Narita Airport, and are very honoured to have come here with the A380 on this special occasion," Goh added.
Although the bad weather had forced the A380 to divert to Chubu International Airport in Nagoya before its arrival at Narita, the passengers on board didn't look tired when they disembarked. "It is a great airplane, and the flight was very smooth," one passenger commented. "The cabin is extremely quiet, so you can sleep very well."
Another passenger said the longer-than-normal flight was enjoyable, even with the unplanned stopover at Nagoya. "We sat in the Economy Class, but the seat was very luxurious, and I slept very well without being disturbed by engine noise," she explained. "This is a memorable flight for me. Even though we diverted to Chubu International Airport, it didn't bother me at all because the airplane was so comfortable," her companion added.
The return flight from Narita to Singapore departed at 14:30 p.m. with a full complement of passengers, marking a new step in the A380's growing international service network. Singapore Airlines is the first carrier to operate the A380, initiating its operations in October 2007 with flights to Sydney, Australia, followed by the start-up of service to London, England this March.
For more information on Singapore Airlines' A380, see the carrier's special website.