Qantas Statement on A380 Delay

Sydney, 04 October 2006

The Chief Financial Officer of Qantas, Mr Peter Gregg, said today Qantas understood from discussions with Airbus that it would not receive its first A380 aircraft until August 2008, around two years late.

"We expect to have four aircraft by the end of 2008 and seven by mid-2009," Mr Gregg said, "which we understand maintains the original delivery schedule with the other two launch airlines."

Mr Gregg said Qantas was disappointed with the delay and had commenced a review of its capacity needs in light of the revised timetable from Airbus.

He said Qantas was satisfied that the delay was due to production problems at Airbus and not technical issues with the aircraft.

Issued by Qantas Corporate Communication (3487)