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Airbus A380 Flies To Asia

Airbus took its new A380 behemoth on a jaunt last week from France to Asia and Australia. The tour, which continues through this Friday, began with a 12-hour nonstop flight to Singapore. The crew checked the width of taxiways and runways and tested out a new passenger boarding bridge. Airport workers and officials got tours of the airplane. Singapore Airlines will be the first to fly the A380 on commercial routes, starting in late 2006. The airplane then flew into Brisbane and Sydney over the weekend, where it was greeted by crowds of thousands and helped to celebrate the 85th anniversary of Qantas. It will also stop in Melbourne, then fly on to Kuala Lumpur before heading back to France. The double-decker airplane also won a "Best of What's New" award from Popular Science magazine, and is featured in Robb Report's annual "Ultimate Gifts" issue. According to Robb Report, for just $363 million you can have your own personalized A380, complete with a formal dining area, a Jacuzzi for two and beds for 22 overnight guests.