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Qantas A380s Take Off For London

By James Wilkinson

Following the launch of flights to Los Angeles on October 20, Qantas has added Singapore and London to the list of its Airbus A380 destinations.

Qantas A380s are now flying to Singapore and London

The inaugural flight, QF31, took off Jan 19. Regular A380 services will be operated on the Sydney-Singapore-London route on Tuesdays, Fridays and Saturdays, with the return QF32 flight operating on Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays, also via Singapore.

“Since we operated our first A380 service between Melbourne and Los Angeles in October last year, this aircraft has generated extremely positive feedback from our customers,” said Qantas executive general manager, John Borghetti.

“It has delivered on our vision of offering customers a new, stylish long haul travel experience, more space and more comfort [and] it has also met our expectations in terms of aircraft performance.”

Qantas currently has three A380 aircraft in service and Borghetti said Qantas would take delivery of a further four A380s in 2009, with the next aircraft due in May.

The Australian flag carrier has become the third airline to operate the A380 to London Heathrow, following the lead of Singapore Airlines, which added the British capital to its A380 network after the inaugural services to Sydney.

In related news, Emirates and Singapore Airlines are continuing to add A380 cities in the coming months as more of the superjumbos are delivered. Emirates are set to fly Dubai-Sydney-Auckland in February, while Singapore Airlines will operate daily Singapore-Paris flights from June.