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Qantas announces A380 London-Sydney launch

22 Sep 2008 by Mark Caswell

Qantas has
announced that it will add its A380 superjumbo on to the London-Sydney kangaroo
route from January 16, 2009.

The carrier took
delivery of its first A380 aircraft last week (see online news September 19 and
September 20), and will put the plane into service on its Melbourne-Los Angeles
route from October 20, followed by Sydney-LA from October 24.

But the good news
for UK-based passengers is that Qantas will offer the A380 on its London-Sydney
(via Singapore) service from January 16 next year. The airline will put the
superjumbo on flight codes QF31 and QF32 on Tuesdays, Fridays and Saturdays, putting
it head to head with Singapore Airlines’ superjumbo between London and Singapore, with SIA
now offering twice-daily flights with the A380 on this route.

No doubt
conscious of the previous delays to the A380, Qantas has placed a disclaimer on
its website saying that “In the event that a last
minute aircraft change is necessary, it is possible that a substitute aircraft
may operate on these routes”.

The airline’s outgoing CEO Geoff Dixon
admitted that but for the delays Qantas would now have between eight and twelve
A380s in its fleet. However speaking at the delivery of the first A380 to
Qantas, Airbus CEO Tom Enders reiterated that the manufacturer would complete
the twelve A380 aircraft this year that it announced in its revised schedules, saying that he was “ready to take a bet that we will deliver more than 10
aircraft, more than 11 aircraft”.

To read Business Traveller’s exclusive review
of the business class offering onboard Qantas’ A380, click here.

For more information visit qantas.com.au.

Report by Mark Caswell

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