Qantas has taken delivery of its fourth Airbus A380, with the aircraft touching down in Sydney earlier this week (Aug 24) after a ferry flight from Toulouse, France.
Touchdown: Qantas’ fourth A380 arrives in Sydney
Qantas CEO Alan Joyce said the addition of the aircraft to the fleet would see Qantas A380 services to Los Angeles and London increase from September 7.
“Our A380 services, which commenced in October 2008, have been incredibly popular with customers and the aircraft has generated extremely positive customer feedback,” Joyce said.
“This fourth aircraft will allow us to increase Sydney-Singapore-London A380 services from three to five per week, and Sydney-Los Angeles services from three to four per week.
“Our fifth and sixth A380s are also due for delivery by the end of the year, after which we will offer customers daily A380 services to London and Los Angeles from Sydney and increase Melbourne-Los Angeles services from two to three per week.
“Qantas will then operate 17 return A380 services per week between Australia and the UK and US.”
Since October 2008, Qantas has carried more than 300,000 passengers on its 450-seat, four class A380 services.
In addition to the fifth and sixth aircraft due by the end of 2009, a further three are scheduled for delivery in 2010.