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Airbus delivers first A380 to Singapore Airlines

The first Airbus A380 superjumbo was delivered yesterday to Singapore Airlines.

The upper deck has 60 business class seats, each is 86 centimeters wide. These can convert into a fully flat bed and include 39-centimeter LCD television screens, USB ports and in-seat power supplies for laptop computers.

The 399 economy-class seats on the back half of the upper and the lower decks of the plane are designed to maximize leg and knee room. Each seatback is equipped with a 27-centimeter video screen, USB port and electrical power port for laptops.

“From today, there is a new queen of the skies for air travel,” said Chew Choon Seng, the Singapore Airlines chief executive.

Chew introduced the unique features of Singopore Airlines’ new 471-seat superjumbo.

Airbus plans to deliver the next 13 superjumbos to airline customers next year, and about 25 A380 in 2009. Airbus wants to build 45 each year by 2010.

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