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August 14, 2008updated Feb 08, 2013

Qantas Announced Delivery Date For First A380

By Pardhasaradhi Gonuguntla

LOS ANGELES, CA –Qantas announced that it would take delivery of its first A380 aircraft on September 19, 2008. The airline would welcome its first A380 aircraft into the Qantas fleet at a ceremony at Airbus’ Toulouse factory and fly it via Singapore to Sydney where it will land on Sunday morning, September 21, 2008.

Wally R. Mariani, Qantas Airways senior executive vice president, The Americas and Pacific, stated Qantas would operate its first A380 commercial passenger service from Los Angeles to Melbourne on October 20, 2008, and its first Los Angeles to Sydney service beginning October 24, 2008.

“This is the first of 20 A380s to join the Qantas fleet, with a total of three being delivered by the end of 2008,” Mariani said.

With the introduction of a second A380 aircraft in November, Qantas will operate five A380 flights per week between Los Angeles and Australia: two round-trip flights to Melbourne and three flights to Sydney. Services will increase further with the introduction of additional aircraft.

A380 services from Sydney to London via Singapore will be progressively introduced from early 2009.

Mariani said the Qantas A380 would offer the airline’s customers the best cabin design in the sky.

“Our Creative Director, world-renowned industrial designer Marc Newson, has overseen the design and development of all four classes on board – First, Business, Premium Economy and Economy – and all cabins will provide new levels of comfort, innovation, and style,” he added.

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