In a lavish ceremony at its factory in Toulouse, European planemaker Airbus has handed over its first A380 plane to a customer. Singapore Airlines is getting the giant passenger plane after almost two years of delays. Amid the celebrations Airbus was playing down speculation of further delays reported in a French newspaper on Sunday.
Airbus Chief Executive Tom Enders paid tribute to his workforce: “I realise how unsettling the recent times, particularly the last 18 months, have been but that only serves to make this achievement all the more impressive. You are a truly remarkable group of people.”
Singapore Airline’s A380 will enter service between Singapore and Sydney with a flight raising money for charity on October 25. Full passenger services will begin three days later.