Airbus 380's First Passenger Flight

Airbus 380's First Passenger Flight
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As long as seven city buses, the 260-foot (80-meter) Airbus 380 plane dwarfs an airport worker as it taxis at Singapore's Changi Airport on its maiden commercial voyage on Thursday, October 25, 2007.

On the inside, that size translates to enough space for up to 853 seats—archrival Boeing 747 typically carries about 400 passengers.

For the first A380 in service, though, Singapore Airlines opted for a 555-seat configuration, banking on air travel's ultimate luxury: elbow room.

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—Photograph by Wong Maye-E/AP
 
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