Sat, Aug 09, 2008
Airline To Receive First Superjumbo On September 19
It looks like the first Airbus A380 for Qantas Airways will be a
late-summer arrival. The Australian flag carrier announced Friday
it will receive its first superjumbo during a September 19 delivery
ceremony in Toulouse.
In addition to being a particularly good day (mate) in the eyes
of ANN's Rob Finfrock -- hint, he's a Virgo -- the September 19
delivery date will also allow Qantas to test the aircraft
for one month before it enters scheduled commercial
Following a two-day delivery flight via Singapore, the A380 will
arrive in Sydney the morning of September 21. The plane will begin
scheduled service between Melbourne and Los Angeles, CA on October
20, followed by LA-to-Sydney service four days later.
"This is the first of 20 A380s to join the Qantas fleet, with a
total of three being delivered by the end of 2008," said Wally R.
Mariani, Qantas Airways senior executive vice president, The
Americas and Pacific.
Following the delivery of a second A380 in November, Qantas
plans to operate five A380 flights per week between Los Angeles and
Australia: two round-trip flights to Melbourne and three flights to
A380 services from Sydney to London via Singapore will be
gradually introduced from early 2009.
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