Singapore Airlines was the launch customer of the Airbus A380. It also was the first airline to retire an A380. Now you can own a piece of that original aircraft.
The A380 is nearly 14 years old. Its maiden test flight was from Toulouse in May 2006 and the first model was delivered to Singapore Airlines in October 2007. That month, Sydney launched the inaugural A380 flight from Singapore to Sydney.
10 years later, Singapore retired its first A380, 9V-SKA, after a flight from London to Singapore in June 2017. The aircraft was returned to the lessors, Dr. Peters Group, where it was later sold to Tarmac Aerosave for scrap metal.
Aviationtag, a German company known for making collectible keychains from actual fuselages, has created a limited edition set of 7,000 tags to commemorate the first A380. The cost is EUR27.95 each. You can buy it here.
“Each of the limited edition tag sports the aircraft type, registration number, edition number and size.”
The key tag is a reminder of the short life of the A380, which was either the wrong plane at the wrong time or just ahead of its time, depending upon your perspective.
> Read More on the A380:
- The Grim Future Of The A380
- The A380 Is Dead, Long Live The A380
- Six Reasons Air France Is Retiring A380
- Qatar Airways Accelerates A380 Retirement
- Lufthansa Snubs The A380
- Why British Airways Turned Down More A380s
- The Wall Street Journal Battles The Airbus A380
all images courtesy of Aviationtag