Airbus and Heathrow celebrate 10th anniversary of first A380 flight to London

The first A380 arrived at the Heathrow Airport on March 18, 2008.
Updated 21 March 2018
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Airbus and Heathrow celebrate 10th anniversary of first A380 flight to London

Airbus and Heathrow Airport are celebrating the 10th anniversary of A380 operations at the airport. They began on March 18, 2008 with the arrival of the first A380, a Singapore Airlines flight SQ308 from Singapore Changi Airport, making Heathrow one of the first to welcome Airbus’ iconic double decker.
Heathrow is now the world’s busiest A380 airport with a number of A380 operators with nine airlines operating to 13 destinations on some 50 A380 daily flights. The UAE carriers, Emirates and Etihad Airways have been instrumental in contributing to these figures. The airlines operate a total of nine flights a day — Emirates with six daily flights and Etihad Airways with three — on the A380, from Dubai and Abu Dhabi respectively to the Heathrow Airport. In January, Emirates signed a deal with Airbus to buy a further 36 A380 aircraft, reaffirming the superjumbo as a passenger favorite for its exceptional comfort and unique travel experience.
Simon Eastburn, director of airline business development at Heathrow, said: “It’s been fantastic to see nine of our airlines welcome the Airbus A380 over the past decade. Ten years from the first flight, this pioneering aircraft has helped us reduce noise and improve efficiency whilst supporting continued passenger demand for long-haul routes. This is one of the most popular aircraft for many passengers so we look forward to celebrating this milestone with them.”
David Dufrenois, head of A380 market development at Airbus, said: “The A380 is essential to the operations of Heathrow, which is today the first hub in the world for long-haul traffic. As 70 percent of long-haul traffic connects through hubs, the unique A380 offer strengthens Heathrow’s passenger appeal over other airports.”
To celebrate the tenth anniversary, Airbus and Heathrow will surprise passengers landing at the airport on an A380 flight from Monday to March 28 with A380 goodies. Ten lucky passengers will also receive VIP packs to continue their journey to London in style, including complimentary porter service at the airport, Heathrow Express Business First tickets to Central London or WeKnowLondon Chauffeur Drive to winners’ chosen address, and a £250 ($350) WeKnowLondon voucher.


Land Rover, Terry Grant smash world record

Stunt driver Terry Grant flipped the Range Rover Sport SVR up on to two wheels with the use of a ramp, before hitting speeds of up 60mph on Goodwood’s famous hillclimb.
Updated 19 July 2018
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Land Rover, Terry Grant smash world record

Land Rover and international stunt driver Terry Grant smashed a world record at this week’s Goodwood Festival of Speed, with a two-wheel speed run in the new Range Rover Sport SVR. Grant’s 2:24.5 run up the famous hillclimb broke Grant’s old record for a mile traveled in a car on two wheels, set in 2011, by more than 30 seconds.
Grant flipped the Range Rover Sport SVR up on to two wheels with the use of a ramp, before hitting speeds of up 60mph on Goodwood’s famous hillclimb as he set the new Guinness World Record time.
Grant snatched the record in a dramatic last gasp attempt on Sunday afternoon, having attempted four runs earlier in the weekend, none of which Grant managed to complete.
The Range Rover Sport SVR is a 575hp performance SUV, capable of 0-60mph in 4.3 seconds and a top speed of 174mph — with four wheels on the road, at least. The Range Rover Sport only required one modification for the world record run, a tweak to its differential to allow the car to deliver more power to the two wheels on the ground — both of which were pumped up to 90PSI.
Grant is a multiple world-record holder, with 25 Guinness World Records already to his name, and with this latest record, Grant has bested a 2:55 run that he himself set at Goodwood in 2011.
Stunt driver Grant said: “It really shouldn’t be underestimated how difficult a two-wheeled speed run like this is; you are always fighting to keep the car balanced right on the edge, as it tries to tip either one way or the other. You need to be conscious of everything, from the camber of the road to the strength of the wind. Thankfully, conditions were excellent and the Range Rover Sport SVR was the perfect precision tool for the job.”
The world record was not the only amazing Land Rover moment of the Festival of Speed, as 70 historic and important Land Rovers took to the hill in what was the largest batch of cars to ever tackle the famous route in one go. From 1948 to 2018, the parade of cars celebrated 70 years of one of Britain’s most iconic automotive brands.