Qantas to Increase A380 Services to London and Los Angeles

Melbourne, 15 June 2009

Qantas announced today it would increase its A380 services to both London and Los Angeles from 6 August 2009.

Group Executive Qantas Airlines Commercial, Mr Rob Gurney said the airline would take delivery of three new aircraft before the end of the year.

"Our fourth A380 arrives at the end of July, allowing us to increase Sydney-Singapore-London A380 services from three to five per week, and Sydney-Los Angeles services from three to four per week," Mr Gurney said.

"The arrival of our fifth and sixth aircraft later in the year will mean further increases in services to these key destinations.

"By November Qantas will operate daily A380 services to London and Los Angeles from Sydney and will increase Melbourne-Los Angeles services from two to three A380 flights per week.

"By the end of 2009 this year Qantas will operate 34 services per week between Australia and the UK and US with its A380 fleet."

Mr Gurney said that since Qantas launched A380 services in October 2008, the airline had carried more than 200,000 passengers onboard the flagship aircraft.

"The Qantas A380 has received exceptional feedback from our customers, and has reaffirmed what we set out to achieve - the creation of a designer aircraft which exceeds customer expectations when it comes to comfort and functionality," Mr Gurney said.

The Qantas A380 is configured with 450 seats across four classes:
* First class - 14 luxurious and spacious suites;
* Business class - 72 new fully-flat Skybed sleeper seats;
* Premium Economy class - 32 extra wide seats with greater recline and legroom; and
* Economy class - 332 state-of-the-art seats styled by Marc Newson and manufactured by Recaro.

Issued by Qantas Corporate Communication (3927)