Trans-Siberian Express: The world’s largest passenger plane takes off tomorrow

A luxury airliner weighing 2,362 tons will take off tomorrow from Singapore, carrying British royals and entourage to India. Officials say Prince Charles, the Duchess of Cornwall and their entourage will travel on the…

Trans-Siberian Express: The world’s largest passenger plane takes off tomorrow

A luxury airliner weighing 2,362 tons will take off tomorrow from Singapore, carrying British royals and entourage to India.

Officials say Prince Charles, the Duchess of Cornwall and their entourage will travel on the inaugural flight of the world’s largest commercial plane — the Airbus A380, which can carry up to 850 passengers.

Airbus expects its new super-jumbo to revolutionize aviation by carrying 1,800 passengers, including premium business and first-class sections, in two classes. The flight’s initial capacity on the route to Mumbai will be 450 seats — 540 with all economy tickets.

Having passengers straddle two rows isn’t new. But Airbus says it has designed the A380’s cabin space to be more like a long-haul Boeing 747, which already holds more people than the Airbus.

The A380’s operators — Singapore Airlines and Emirates Airlines — say the double-decker plane allows passengers to enjoy extensive sightlines of the skyline of cities where they land.

The prime minister of Singapore, Lee Hsien Loong, said in a statement: “the A380 would certainly have a positive impact on Singapore’s international outlook.”

In all, Airbus will fly 15 A380s in Singapore by the end of the year and 25 by 2026, and it plans to roll out 40 aircraft by 2027.

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