Oct 16, 2007

Volare, Nella Tua Vita

Translated directly it means 'to fly, in your life' in Italian. I myself like to interpret it as 'take off, with your life'. This inspiring verse is displayed on the welcome page of Alitalia's online booking facility.
As an airplane freak I've always associated working out dreams and ambitions as flying a passenger aircraft. When you aspire to do something great, it's like the airline selling tickets. You have to plan, scheme and work really hard to get the aircraft filled, and the flight profitable. You work tirelessly and you don't really mind all the labor and criticisms that comes with every little flaw along the way. Then comes the scheduled flight time. You have to be accurate and precise in every aspect you planned beforehand to have your flight depart on time (just like taking an exam, it counts ultimately to naught if you overslept the night before because you thought it might do a little more good to review something you revised the n-th time). Finally, fully filled with passengers and cargo, your flight departs and your dreams take off.
Yesterday marks a memorable day in aviation history as the first Singapore Airlines A380 departs on its first commercial flight.
Even though I've been an anti-SQer for most of my life, and I'm not a true supporter of Airbuses, and I personally think the A380 is yet the ugliest aircraft ever produced, I sincerely admire the spirit of adventure that never wanes in personnels of Airbus (for the 18-month delay) and Singapore Airlines (for tolerating the delay, and for romanticizing the A380). The successful flight of the A380 signifies that no matter what challenges lay ahead of us, it is always a virtue to persevere and hang on until the very end. And though the future of the A380 seems bleak (due to the delay, economists estimated that Airbus would have to sell at least 400 A380s to get a break even from the losses they incurred; currently there are only 120+ orders for it), the determination of Airbus is sufficient to cast the mega-jumbo in everyone's mind.
I like planes taking off. It's a symbol of power, control, and soaring dreams. It's the spirit of adventure that fuels it and the challenges of the future that propels it forward. This is life.
Grab your life, take off!

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