The A380 arrives in Dubai following Asia-Pacific tour

The A380 comes to the Dubai Air Show following a successful nine-day Asia-Pacific tour that saw the aircraft visit Changi Airport in Singapore, followed by Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne airports in Australia and finally Kuala Lumpur airport in Malaysia.

18 November 2005

The A380 comes to the Dubai Air Show following a successful nine-day Asia-Pacific tour that saw the aircraft visit Changi Airport in Singapore, followed by Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne airports in Australia and finally Kuala Lumpur airport in Malaysia.

The tour, which was held from 10 – 18 November, marked the first time the A380 was seen outside of Europe and the aircraft attracted a huge amount of media and industry interest.

Various airport compatibility tests, including runway, taxiway and ground support equipment trials, were successfully conducted in the three Australian airports and Kuala Lumpur airport. Tests planned for Singapore were postponed due to scheduling conflicts.

At each stop the aircraft featured the logos or partial livery of the respective airline, combined with a modified Airbus livery. Media and VIP events were held in each location and the aircraft was also the star of Qantas’ 85th birthday celebrations held in Brisbane on 15 November.

The A380, in full Emirates livery, is visiting the Middle East for the first time to take part in Dubai 2005. The aircraft is on static display throughout the show and is also taking part in the daily flying displays.