November 4, 2010 / 5:26 PM / 9 years ago

TIMELINE - The Airbus A380's entry into service

Reuters - Here is a timeline on the A380 superjumbo’s entry into service. One of the double-decker planes flown by Australia’s Qantas(QAN.AX) was forced to make an emergency landing in Singapore on Thursday after an engine fire.

Paintshop-workers watch an Airbus A380 aircraft as it leaves the paintshop hangar at the Airbus facility in Finkenwerder near Hamburg, Germany in this January 13, 2006 file photo. REUTERS/Christian Charisius/File

Jan 18, 2005 - French President Jacques Chirac, German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder and British Prime Minister Tony Blair are among more than 5,000 guests invited to Toulouse, France, for a ceremony to “reveal” the A380.

April 27, 2005 - The A380 completes a maiden flight lasting nearly four hours.

June 1, 2005 - Airbus delays initial deliveries of the A380 by up to six months.

Oct. 3, 2006 - Parent firm EADS delays A380 deliveries by an additional year and says Airbus will not see an operating profit on the A380 until 2010.

Oct. 25, 2007 - The A380 makes its first commercial flight from Singapore to Sydney with Singapore Airlines.

March 18, 2008 - A Singapore Airlines A380 leaves Singapore for London, marking the A380’s first commercial flight to Europe.

April 29, 2008 - Airbus announces a major review of A380 production plans but says it remains confident of meeting delivery targets which are now running almost two years behind schedule. Production problems relate mainly to wiring in the aircraft.

July 28, 2008 - Emirates becomes only the second carrier to receive an A380, the first of 58 it has ordered. It rewards Airbus with a further aircraft order worth $13 billion.

Feb. 3, 2009 - Korean Air orders two more Airbus A380 planes, bringing sales to 200.

Sept. 27, 2009 - A Singapore Airlines A380 is forced to turn back to Paris after one of its four Rolls-Royce engines failed.

March 1, 2010 - Emirates announces the first A380 operation to China.

March 31, 2010 - A Qantas A380 bursts two tyres while landing at Sydney Airport sending showers of sparks and flames flying from its undercarriage.

June 4, 2010 - Airbus delivers its 30th A380, the seventh so far in 2010, and says it is on course to reach a target to deliver at least 20 in 2010.

Nov. 4, 2010 - Qantas Airways and Singapore Airlines suspend flights of the Airbus A380 superjumbos after an engine failure forces an emergency landing in Singapore.

For a graphic on the incident click on [link.reuters.com/fan73q]

Writing by David Cutler, London Editorial Reference Unit; Editing by Jason Neely

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