World's biggest jumbo set for virgin S'pore flight

Members of the ground look at the Airbus A380 superjumbo, illuminated by floodlights, after it landed at Singapore's Changi Airport October 17, 2007. REUTERS/Vivek Prakash

SINGAPORE (Reuters) - The world's biggest jumbo jet was set to fly from Singapore on Thursday on its long-delayed first-ever commercial flight, as part of the Singapore Airlines SIAL.SI daily service to Sydney.

The Airbus' ARBU.UL A380 superjumbo will leave the city-state's Changi Airport at 8 a.m. (8 p.m. Eastern Time), returning to Singapore the following day.

Passengers paid between $560 and $100,380 to be on the inaugural flight, after they had bid for the tickets as part of a charity auction to drum up publicity.

Airbus’s new aircraft -- which boasts two passenger decks and, in the Singapore Airlines version, first-class suites with proper beds -- suffered two years of delays caused by wiring glitches, which pushed the planemaker into a loss and led to 10,000 lost jobs.

Singapore Airlines is to take delivery of another five A380s in 2008.