Habana, who famously raced the cheetah in 2007 to save them from extinction, took on a new challenge racing British Airways’ ‘new animal’ in a 100m race.
Weighing in at 95kg with a height of 1,80m, Habana is pictured preparing to race British Airways’ superjumbo of 366,000kg, with a height of 24m, a wingspan of 80m and 73m in length.
Model, Georgia May Jagger was on hand to start the race.
Bryan Habana, South African rugby player, said: “‘It was a tough test of man versus machine. Once the A380 is on full throttle it picks up speed very rapidly, but you need to tune in to the video to see what happened next…”
Peter Nye, Senior First Officer A380, said: ‘‘ Habana is fast but had stiff competition with four Trent 900 Rolls-Royce engines, each one producing 70,000 pounds of thrust and accelerating very quickly indeed. We got airborne at 140 miles an hour, where we then flew up to 600 miles an hour.‘’
Watch the race and see if man really can run faster than a plane: http://youtu.be/P66ISniQCqY #manvsplane
Bryan Habana raced British Airways’ A380 in celebration that customers can now book onto the A380 to fly to Johannesburg from February 12, 2014. Prices start from £872 return in World Traveller (economy), £1,382 return in World Traveller Plus (premium economy), £3,274 return in Club World (business class) and £6,179 in First.
A380 enthusiasts eager to be on the very first A380 flight to Johannesburg should note that the date for the inaugural flight is likely to be earlier and will be announced in due course.
The airline will initially operate three A380 services a week to South Africa’s financial capital. This will increase from March 10, 2014 to six flights per week. These flights will be part of the airline’s normal schedule to Johannesburg.
Customers can book online at ba.com or by calling 0844 493 0787.
The airline’s website features information on the new aircraft, including computer generated imagery (CGI).