Qantas has taken delivery of the first of 20 Airbus A380s on order. The Rolls-Royce powered aircraft’s A380 cabin was created by internationally renowned designer Marc Newson.Typically the A380 seats 525 passengers in three-classes, however Qantas’ cabin is extra spacious with 450 seats (14 First, 72 Business, 32 Premium Economy and 332 Economy).
Qantas Chief Executive Officer, Geoff Dixon said, “When we ordered our A380 in 2000, we said that in addition to giving us the opportunity to reinvent our product, this revolutionary new aircraft offered capacity and operating savings, as well as environmental improvements. Everything we have seen since our initial order has reinforced this view.”
Qantas was the first customer to conclude the signing of a contract for the A380. In November 2000, it ordered 12 A380s, marking the first time in the airline’s long history it had ordered Airbus aircraft. Qantas later increased its order for A380s to 20, and is now the second largest customer for the world’s most modern aircraft.
The four Rolls Royce Trent 900 engines will each deliver up to 72,000 lbs of thrust, contributing to the aircraft’s overall fuel efficiency of less than three litres of fuel per passenger per 100 kilometres.
Qantas’ first commercial A380 services will be launched on 20 October from Melbourne to Los Angeles, and 24 October from Sydney to Los Angeles. Later Qantas will also fly the A380 to Singapore and London.