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Imagine being one of only 50 people onboard an airplane built to fly 500. This was our experience yesterday, July 4, as British Airways took delivery of its very first Airbus A380 from Airbus' HQ in Toulouse, France. Stay tuned as we explore the outside, inside, all around and even BA's other new toy, the Boeing 787, over the next few days.
Where to start? Some airplane glamorshots should set the mood just right, but we've got the lowdown on how one picks up an aircraft ready for delivery (always good to know), and the latest on when you can get yourself a seat, which is sooner than expected.
Delivery flights are magical things. A brand-spanking-new airplane rolls off the line and is ready to take its rightful place as a vehicle for transporting travelers around the world. The manufacturer hands the keys over to the purchasing airline, and the airline takes her home for keeps. It's that transferfrom the manufacturer to the airlinethat defines a delivery flight.
Up 'til now, delivery flights have been reserved for those employed by the airline or manufacturer, or journalists within the aviation industry. Singapore Airlines is about to change all that, however; they're hosting a contest to give away two seats on the upcoming delivery flight of their 19th Airbus A380 on September 6.
You've got until August 28 to get your name in to win, and here's how to do so:
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Anyway, Virgin America's route map is about to get all sorts of scribbled on with new flights in the next 5-8 years as the airline has just placed the necessary airplane orders to increase their fleet from 34 planes to 111. That's a whole lot of in-flight WiFi, mood lighting and airplane-sized bottles of absinthe. Virgin even scored the historical 10,000 order from Airbus, flying in a ski-injuried Richard Branson for the occasion.
All of this is of course great news for the airline, but excellent news for anyone who's been wanting to fly Virgin America as they've launched a celebratory fare sale with flights from January 31 to May 11 for as low as $60. You've got two days to book your flightsDO IT HEREas the sale ends on Wednesday, January 19.
It's been open for ten years, but a UK Times report has only just alerted us to the existence of the Cité de l'Espace or City of Space, a space-themed amusement park near Toulouse, France which sounds surprisingly well worth visiting.
Along with full scale models of the Mir space station and a couple of rockets, there are also heaps of different interactive exhibits that give you a better idea of how life is for astronauts in space. Children get to do astronaut training courses, you can drive a replica of an American space scooter and of course there's some suitably tasteless space food to try.
The Times reviewer also checked out the on-site restaurant, and was pleased that the French version of space had good wine, even if the food was a bit questionable. Luckily if you've had a couple of glasses of French vino, even space food tastes good.