Qantas has announced that it will take delivery of its first A380
aircraft on 19 September 2008.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
“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
Mr Borghetti said the Qantas A380 would offer the airline’s customers the best cabin design in the
“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.”