The five dollar coin of the Airbus A380 is part of the collection of coins under the heading 'Flying Through Time' which
consists of three other designs. They were all struck in Sterling Silver by the Royal Australian Mint. The reverse of this
coin, designed by Wojciech Pietranik, includes two images of the Airbus A380 viewed from different angles. Included at the
base of the design is the the
The Airbus A380 took eleven years and $13 billion to prepare for its first flight back on the 27th April 2005 (some 101 years after the Wright Brothers). The flight took four hours and flew over the Pyrenees mountains. It took off and landed from Blagnac, in South-West France to some 30,000 spectators. The flight went according to plan without any glitches. The first airline to take delivery of the worlds largest passenger plane was Singapore Airlines (Associated Press, 2005) . In October 2007 it began commercial service with the capability of carrying up to 840 passengers plus crew. The Airbus A380 is a double-decker plane weighing 308 tons unladen. The A380, with a catalogue price of $282 million, represented a big gamble by Airbus that airlines will need plenty of large aircraft to transport passengers between an increasing number of hub airports. The third airline to receive the A380 was Qantas. A ceremony in Toulouse, France saw the new Rolls-Royce Trent 900 engines powering the A380. The aircraft took flight and landed in Sydney at 9 a.m. on Sunday, 21 September 2008 (Airbus, 2008) .
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