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Man pays $100,000 for first-class tickets

An Australian man has paid $100,000 for two first class tickets for the maiden commercial flight of the world's biggest passenger plane, Singapore Airlines said Tuesday.  The plane, an Airbus A380, is scheduled to take off from Singapore for Sydney on Oct. 25.
/ Source: Reuters

An Australian man has paid $100,000 for two first-class tickets for the maiden commercial flight of the world's biggest passenger plane, Singapore Airlines said Tuesday.

The plane, an Airbus A380, is scheduled to take off from Singapore for Sydney on Oct. 25.

An airline spokesman said that Australian businessman Julian Hayward bought the premium one-way tickets in a charity auction.

Singapore Airlines, the world's biggest carrier by stock market value and the first to fly the A380 commercially, put all tickets for the 471-seater up for sale on online auction Web site eBay on Aug. 27. Bidding will close on Sept. 10.

So far, more than 100 tickets have been sold, raising a total of $400,000.

Franco-German plane maker Airbus is scheduled to hand over the first A380 jet to Singapore Airlines on Oct. 15, ending a frustrating two-year wait that cost Airbus parent EADS billions of dollars.

The carrier said in a statement it would also auction tickets for the plane's Oct. 26 Sydney-Singapore return flight.

Auction prices are starting at $3.80 for economy class, $38 for business class, and $380 for first-class seats.