Airbus and Heathrow Airport are celebrating the 10th anniversary of A380 operations at the airport. They began on 18 March, 2008 with the arrival of the first A380, Singapore Airlines flight SQ308 from Singapore Changi Airport, making Heathrow one of the first to welcome Airbus’ iconic double decker.
Heathrow is now the world’s busiest A380 airport by number of A380 operators with nine airlines operating to 13 destinations on some 50 A380 daily flights. Heathrow serves 78 million passengers a year of which, 10 percent travel on the A380.
Simon Eastburn, Director of Airline Business Development at Heathrow said, “It’s been fantastic to see nine of our airlines welcome the Airbus A380 over the past decade. Ten years from first flight, this pioneering aircraft has helped us reduce noise and improve efficiency whilst supporting continued passenger demand for long-haul routes. This is one of the most popular aircraft for many passengers so we look forward to celebrating this milestone with them.”
To date, more than 200 million passengers have enjoyed the A380 experience. According to a survey carried out by Epinion, 98 per cent of A380 passengers would recommend flying on the A380 to their friends and family, and 60 per cent are willing to make an extra effort to fly aboard the aircraft.
David Dufrenois, Head of A380 Market Development at Airbus, said, “The A380 is essential to the operations of Heathrow, which is today the first hub in the world for long-haul traffic. As 70 percent of long-haul traffic connects through hubs, the unique A380 offer strengthens Heathrow’s passenger appeal over other airports.”
To celebrate the 10th anniversary, Airbus and Heathrow will surprise passengers landing at Heathrow on A380 flights from 18 to 28 March with A380 goodies. Ten lucky passengers will also receive VIP packs to continue their journey to London in style, including complimentary porter service at the airport, Heathrow Express Business First tickets to central London or a WeKnowLondon chauffeured drive to the winners’ chosen address, and a £250 WeKnowLondon voucher.