The Executive General Manager of Qantas, Mr John Borghetti, said 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, 21 September.
Mr Borghetti reconfirmed that Qantas would operate its first A380 commercial passenger service from Melbourne to Los Angeles on 20 October 2008, and its first Sydney-Los Angeles service on 24 October.
"This is the first of 20 A380s to join the Qantas fleet, with a total of three being delivered by the end of 2008," he said.
"We will be progressively introducing A380 services from Sydney to London via Singapore from early 2009."
Mr Borghetti 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," Mr Borghetti said.
"The A380 is an exciting addition to the Qantas fleet, and our customers and staff are all eagerly awaiting its arrival."
Qantas was founded in the Queensland outback in 1920. Registered originally as the Queensland and Northern Territory Aerial Services Limited (QANTAS), we have built a reputation for excellence in safety, operational reliability, engineering and maintenance, and customer service.
Today, Qantas is widely regarded as the world's leading long distance airline and one of the strongest brands in Australia. We also operate subsidiary businesses including other airlines, and businesses in specialist markets such as Qantas Holidays and Q Catering.
Issued by Qantas Corporate Communication (Q3799)
[Sydney, 07 August 2008 - Content made possible by PRZOOM indexing services]