Singapore Airlines CEO, Chew Choon Seng, stated the carrier’s 11th A380 aircraft, to be delivered at the end of Jan-2010 or early Feb-2010, will be deployed on the Singapore-Zurich sector from the Northern Spring 2010 (Business Traveller, 04-Dec-2009). Airbus reportedly plans to send its test A380 to Zurich on 20-Jan-2010 for A380 operations approval.
Singapore Airlines to deploy 11th A380 on Zurich route
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