Here's a chance for you to experience the inaugural flight of one of the latest transportation wonders, and contribute to humanitarian causes at the same time. Singapore Airlines, the first carrier in the world to fly the new double-decker Airbus A380, will auction all seats on eBay and donate the proceeds to these charities:

"¢ One-third of the proceeds will go to Singapore's Community Chest
"¢ One-third of the proceeds will be split between the Sydney Children's Hospital and The Children's Hospital at Sydney (Westmead)
"¢ One-third of the proceeds will go to Médecins Sans Frontières, also known as Doctors Without Borders.

If yours is a successful bid, this also gives you the opportunity to donate to an organization dealing in carbon offsets with a socially conscious bent. As airplane flight is one of the greatest contributors to greenhouse gases in the atmosphere, and there are many social needs, this is a win-win combination. For example, a company named NativeEnergy helps Native Americans with wind farm technology, providing sustainable economic development opportunities for communities in need. Another example, AgCert, is involved projects worldwide that relieve environmental stresses in developing communities by reducing methane emissions.

The actual date of the inaugural flight will be fixed soon, after final notification from Airbus about a delivery date. The opening date for first bids will be announced by Singapore Airlines soon after that date is known.

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