Qantas Announces A380 Delivery Date

LOS ANGELES - August 14, 2008

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.

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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