The Qantas A380 - Now On Sale

380 Round-Trip Economy Seats at $380 from Los Angeles to Sydney and Melbourne

LOS ANGELES - June 16, 2008

Seats on Qantas' new flagship, the Airbus A380, went on sale today, ahead of the airline's first A380 flight between Los Angeles and Melbourne on October 20, 2008.

Qantas Senior Executive Vice President, The Americas and Pacific, Mr. Wally R. Mariani, said the A380 would operate on selected flights from Los Angeles to Melbourne and Sydney, and would be progressively introduced on selected flights from Sydney to Singapore and London from early 2009.

"The first Qantas A380 will operate two round-trip services each week between Los Angeles and Australia - one to Melbourne, starting on October 20 and one to Sydney, starting on October 24, 2008," Mr. Mariani said. "As the commencement of A380 services represents such an important milestone in the history of Qantas' international operations, including here at our Los Angeles launch gateway, we are offering a limited number of very special A380 fares," he added.

From Los Angeles to Sydney and Melbourne, 380 Economy seats on the new A380 aircraft are on sale for just $380 round-trip per person. This is a 48-hour fare sale for purchase and ticketing on June 16-17, 2008 or until sold out. Tickets are valid for travel departing November 2 to December 8, 2008 on A380 flights only. Fares are valid to Sydney on QF 12 and returning on QF 11 (Wednesday, Friday, Sunday), and to Melbourne on QF 94 (Monday and Wednesday), returning on QF 93. Other restrictions apply.

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

"All four classes of the A380 will offer passengers greater levels of space and comfort, as well as state-of-the-art interiors designed by Qantas Creative Director Marc Newson," Mr. Mariani said.

The Qantas A380 will be configured with 450 seats - 14 individual First Suites, 72 in Business, 32 in Premium Economy cabin and 332 in Economy.

Qantas A380 features will include:

  • completely redesigned First cabin, offering customers privacy and luxury in their own First Suite;
  • fully-flat next generation Skybed and separate, dedicated lounge area in Business;
  • the airline's Premium Economy cabin, with extra wide Recaro seats;
  • new ergonomically designed Recaro seats and self-service refreshment bars in Economy; and
  • on demand entertainment system with over 1000 entertainment options and onboard connectivity.

"The A380 will also offer significant improvements in terms of environmental performance, including reduced fuel consumption and emissions, greater efficiency and less noise," Mr. Mariani said.

Mr. Mariani said that while the A380 would provide customers with an all-new inflight experience, lead in fares would initially be the same as those currently offered on comparable Qantas B747 services, however the airline's state-of-the-art new First Suite would be priced at a premium.

About Qantas Airways

Qantas currently operates six B747-400 aircraft offering Premium Economy, with 18 aircraft expected to be in operation by the end of the year. All Qantas A380s will also include a Premium Economy cabin. Qantas Airways is a global air carrier with more than 200 aircraft offering service to 140 estinations in 37 countries. Founded in 1920, Qantas Airways celebrates 54 years of continuous flying between North America and Australia. Offering more non-stop flights to Australia and New Zealand than any other carrier, Qantas provides convenient connections from its gateways in New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Honolulu. For more information about Qantas Airways, visit

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