Qantas Airways Inaugurates First A380 Commercial Service at LAX

LOS ANGELES - October 17, 2008

Qantas Airways' inaugural Airbus A380 -- the world's largest airliner and the first commercial A380 flight to serve Los Angeles -- is scheduled to arrive from Melbourne, Australia on October 20, 2008 and land at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) at approximately 7.30am Pacific Time.

The A380 will be an engine of economic growth in Los Angeles for years to come. One daily, international roundtrip of a wide-body aircraft to LAX generates $623 million in economic activity annually, more than 3,000 local jobs, and $156 million in wages. By 2012, LAX is expected to serve more A380 flights than any other airport in North America.

The Qantas A380 aircraft is scheduled to land on Runway 25L and taxi to Tom Bradley International Terminal for customary passenger deplaning and arrival procedures. The Qantas A380 will then be re-positioned for an arrival ceremony at the Flight Path Learning Center at the LAX Imperial Terminal at 6661 West Imperial Highway.

Also, for contrast in size, a Boeing 707, the first passenger jet built with Qantas' original livery, will be parked adjacent to the A380.

Welcome ceremony will include the following confirmed speakers:

  • The Honorable Antonio R. Villaraigosa, Mayor of Los Angeles
  • Geoff Dixon, CEO of Qantas Airways
  • John Travolta, Qantas Airways Global Goodwill Ambassador

The following participants will be in attendance, without speaking roles:

  • Alan Joyce, Qantas incoming CEO
  • Olivia Newton-John, Qantas Ambassador
  • Gina Marie Lindsay, LAWA Executive Director
  • Marc Newson, Renowned industrial designer and QF creative director
  • Neil Perry, Qantas Executive Chef and Owner of Rockpool Restaurants
  • Janice Hahn, City Councilwoman District 15
  • Bill Rosendahl, City Councilman District 11

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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