Qantas has welcomed the return to Australia of the Airbus
A380 with Executive General Manager, Mr John Borghetti, saying the airline remained firmly
committed to the new aircraft as an integral part of its future fleet.“When the A380 first visited Australia in November last year to help celebrate Qantas’ 85th
anniversary, it generated incredible levels of interest,” Mr Borghetti said.
“Just as when we first ordered it in 2000, the aircraft remains the most suitable aircraft for
Qantas to operate into the future on long haul routes between Australia and the United
States and United Kingdom.
“Our commitment to the A380 was further confirmed recently when we ordered an
additional eight aircraft.”
Qantas has now ordered 20 A380s for delivery from August 2008 through to 2015.
Mr Borghetti said the aircraft would revolutionise air travel and deliver significant benefits
to Qantas, its customers and the environment.
“The A380 will allow airlines to offer customers new and exciting inflight products, services
and experiences,” Mr Borghetti said.
“Qantas is continuing to work with award-winning Australian designer Marc Newson on
new, state-of-the-art First, Business and Economy cabins for the Qantas A380 that will
offer enhanced levels of space and comfort.”