I Tokmoh, therefore I am

October 20, 2009

The A380 Experience and TJCC

Emirate's A380

Oops, wrong one…

not too clear?

A little teaser perhaps? Like all car manufacturers always do?

SQ317 A380-800

Ok, that’s more like it!! This is actually the first and only clear picture of her that I can get, it’s really difficult to get one for this very big bird.

Her full name is SQ317 A380-800, SQ indicates it’s a Singapore Airlines’ fleet. 3XX is reserved for A380s in their fleet. A380 is… well, this…

side view

Click for larger view

And the 800 is the total maximum passengers it carry if it is configured to all-economy seats. Which it isn’t. This is Singapore Airline we’re talking about, so you might expect it to allow their fleets to have more than ‘all-economy’ configuration. With the business class being the most spacious provided by any airliner, and even more spacious higher-than-first suite class, it has 471 seats in total. So the suite and business class eats up almost double space per economy seat, but to be fair, I do believe they pay far more than double for the price ticket…

My flight to London was in MAS’ MH002 B747-400, so having experienced both planes, I can compare, and I must say, it is very easy to pick the winner. The A380 is quieter, experience less air turbulence (which makes flying feels like a very violent roller coaster ride), is more spacious even in economy class, it is an amazing engineering feat.

my seat!!

Yeap, that’s my seat!!

I guess I have been watching uncountable number of A380 documentaries at Discovery Channel and National Geographic. I remember the endless droning of superlative figures the narrator spits out (“it is enough to stretch over two football fields” kinda line), the delays of its launching date, the problems it faced, one being ensuring the German and French counterparts to be able to share documents, as they use different software thus different formats. I even remember an episode on Singapore Airline’s maiden flight from Changi to Melbourne where the most expensive ticket goes to $100,000. The result, is that you’d get a sense of admiration for all the kind of difficulties it had to go to be able to fly at all…

Baby, I'm gonna miss you :'(

… and land safely. Unknowingly that it burns 20% less fuel had I been flying in a Boeing 747. It is just magnificent, magnificent… and magnificent.

We'll meet again... hopefully

A side profile view at last… but still obscured =.=

In the mean time, I suppose I will organise another teh tarik session for The Junk Car Club (TJCC). Hell, it’s about time to catch up with si-fu, hopefully Paul Tan, KickingDust and the rest. Details will be known next week perhaps, when Paul Tan returns from Japan.

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4 Comments »

  1. Haha.. You’re fascinated by planes. I prefer those slick military grade armed to the teeth fighter jets. =)

    Btw is Paul off to catch the Tokyo Motor Show?

    Comment by vincent — October 22, 2009 @ 1:18 am | Reply

  2. Lol, jet fighters are nice but just how many people can ride in it? =)

    No, I’m not talking about capacity, but about the opportunity of being able to get in one, let alone be close to it.

    That said, I have seen Sukhoi flying over Subang Jaya skies, the noise it makes is awesome!!

    Yeah, Paul’s back.

    Comment by tokmoh — November 5, 2009 @ 5:07 pm | Reply

  3. you tok cok so much you should change your name to tok kok not tokmoh. Ingat u so great. Idiot betol ni.

    Comment by Penangite — November 26, 2009 @ 8:53 am | Reply

    • What is your problem? This is my blog, so as far as I’m concerned, I can air my personal views here.

      Comment by tokmoh — November 27, 2009 @ 11:24 am | Reply


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