Aussie pays $123,000 for Superjumbo seat

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  1. bambbbam2

    bambbbam2 Active Member

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    Aussie pays $123,000 for Superjumbo seat : thewest.com.au

    "A Sydney man is paying $123,000 to be the first person to buy a seat on the first commercial flight of the world's largest airliner, the Airbus A380.

    The first class ticket, one-way from Singapore to Sydney, with Singapore Airlines, was sold at a charity auction that continues to fill the remaining 520 or so seats on the October 24 flight.


    The successful bidder, Julian Hayward, said the flight was up there with the maiden commercial voyages of the 747 and Concorde."
     

  2. Febs

    Febs Established Member

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    C'mon own up Julian...who are you? ;)
     
  3. wallacej

    wallacej Active Member

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    I will be checking to see who has "Maiden Voyage" listed under the "member of:"... that will be your "Julian"
     
  4. Tooner

    Tooner Active Member

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    Bid for a seat on the same flight and you might find out!:p
     
  5. Febs

    Febs Established Member

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    Hmm...think I'd rather wait a bit longer, use points to upgrade J->F and save myself $123,000. :D
     
  6. codash1099

    codash1099 Established Member

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    Certainly provides a new angle to the "value of points" discussion :D
     
  7. straitman

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    Makes me think of how many 'real' ATW tickets I could get in 'J' or 'F' :!:

    To me this is almost incomprehensible. Maybe I'm just getting old when more a/c types that I've flown or flown in are in museums around the place than those I currently am ever likely to fly or fly in in the future.
     
  8. maninblack

    maninblack Established Member

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    I don't really agree with Mr Hayward. The 707 and DC8 made the world much smaller and this was very significant. The 747 really opened up the skies to bulk travel and bulk freight.

    Concorde was a spectacular novelty but a commercial/environmental failure.

    I don't actually think that the A380 will change travel in any significant way. A bit bigger and PERHAPS a little more comfortable, but that's about it.
     
  9. simongr

    simongr Enthusiast

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    Although it is not a quantum shift in the technology it is a dramatic new period of travel. The double decker super jumbo is just so different to what has gone before - although I am hoping thi is more concorde than titanic...
     
  10. JohnK

    JohnK Veteran Member

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    He must be a very important person to want to be the first one to book a seat on the first flight.

    I can see how this can be a conversation topic for him at dinner for many years to come....
     
  11. straitman

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    I hope he can still afford his dinner for many years to come.... :rolleyes:
     
  12. Shano

    Shano Established Member

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    And if he continues this for too long then he may well find himself excluded from many dinners....
     
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