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Photo: Seth Jaworski; NSW Australia, October 25, 2007.

On October 25, 2007, with 455 passengers on board (plus crew and pilots), the Airbus A380 belonging to Singapore Airlines made its maiden voyage from Changi Airport in Singapore to Sydney Airport in Australia.

As you might know, the Airbus A380 is the largest passenger aircraft in the world, trumping the former title-holder, the Boeing 747.

From Yahoo! News:

The A380 was delivered to Singapore Airlines on Oct. 15, nearly two years behind schedule after billions of dollars in cost overruns for Airbus. Still, the wait was worth it, says Singapore Airlines, which got the exclusivity of being the plane’s sole operator for 10 months.

“This is indeed a new milestone in the timeline of aviation,” said Chew Choon Seng, chief executive of Singapore Airlines (SIA) in a speech before the departure.

The Boeing 747 jumbo jet generally carries about 400 passengers. The A380 — as tall as a seven-story building with each wing big enough to hold 70 cars — is capable of carrying 853 passengers in an all-economy class configuration.

However, Singapore Airlines opted for 471 seats in three classes — 12 Singapore Airlines Suites, 60 business class and 399 economy class.

Each suite, enclosed by sliding doors, is fitted with a leather upholstered seat, a table, a 23-inch flat screen TV, laptop connections and a range of office software. A separate bed folds up into the wall. Two of the suites can be joined to provide double beds, one of which the Elwoods occupied.

On the upper deck, business class seats can turn into wide flat beds, while the economy class seats on both decks have more leg and knee room, the carrier says. Business class passengers also have a bar area.

The amenities offered on this flight are insane! It’s comparable to a 5-star hotel or something! Check out the video below of the maiden flight out from Singapore to Sydney.

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Photo: Andrew Hunt; Changi Airport, Singapore, October 25, 2007.

Check out a pretty neat photo of the Airbus A380 getting a water cannon salute inside.

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Photo: Andrew Hunt; in Singapore, October 17, 2007

Cool, huh? Man, this plane is so big.