SIA's A380 auction raises nearly $1.3 million

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Singapore Airlines’ (SIA) auction for seats on the first two commercial flights of the Airbus A380 has raised nearly S$2 million ($1.3 million).

The Star Alliance carrier says in a statement that nearly all seats are now sold and just 24 remain for ‘last chance’ bids. They will remain open for bids until the end of this week.

SIA announced in July that it planned to auction seats on the first two commercial A380 flights that will take place over 25-26 October, between Singapore and Sydney, and bidding started two weeks ago through online marketplace eBay. All proceeds are to be donated to charities.

The carrier says the auction has raised more than S$1.9 million to date and the highest bid was $100,380 for a first class seat package. The cheapest single economy class seat sold for $560.

SIA is due to take delivery of the first production A380 on 15 October.