Qantas have announced that it intends to
increase Qantas A380 Melbourne Services with daily Qantas A380 Melbourne to
Qantas will gradually increase A380 services
out of Melbourne as follows:
- Five services a week when Qantas receives
- Six services a week when Qantas Receives ninth
- Daily services after Qantas receives tenth
The full media release from Qantas can be read
QANTAS TO INCREASE A380 SERVICES FROM
ADELAIDE, 31 May 2010: Qantas today announced that it would
introduce daily A380 services between Melbourne and London and six A380
services per week between Melbourne and Los Angeles.
At present, two return services between Melbourne and London via
Singapore each week are operated by the Qantas A380. This will increase to five
services a week after Qantas’ eighth A380 is delivered, six services a week
after its ninth is delivered and daily services when its tenth A380 arrives.
Melbourne-Los Angeles services operated by the A380 will increase to four a
week with the delivery of Qantas’ ninth A380 and to six a week after its tenth
Qantas currently has six A380s in service. It expects to take delivery
of its seventh in the final quarter of 2010, enabling Sydney-London A380
services to go daily, and to have received the tenth aircraft by March 2011.
Qantas Chief Executive
Officer, Mr Alan Joyce, said the steady growth in A380 operations on
Melbourne-Singapore-London services would add capacity and allow more customers
to experience Qantas’ award winning product and service on the aircraft.
“We are delighted to be making
this commitment to introduce daily A380 services on one of our flagship routes,” Mr
“The Qantas A380 first flew between Melbourne and London in January
2010, and we consider it a priority to increase the frequency of those services
when the next tranche of A380s begins arriving from late this year.
Not only will this benefit customers travelling from Melbourne to
London, it will also enable a connection to A380 services for Qantas passengers
flying into Singapore from Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth.
“Melbourne-Los Angeles is an
equally important trunk route for Qantas, so we have also targeted an increased
frequency of A380 services to serve this market.
“More than 550,000 passengers
have flown on the A380 since it entered the Qantas fleet in 2008, and customer
feedback about the aircraft has been outstanding. It has won several awards for
its Marc Newsondesigned onboard product, including the Chicago Athaneum Good
Design ™ Award for its first class suite and the Australian International
Design Award of the Year for its economy seat.”
Qantas also announced a number of other important initiatives on its
Qantas services between Sydney and Johannesburg will increase from six
per week to daily from 21
September 2010 (South African Airways will continue to codeshare on all
- Qantas will expand its codeshare on British Airways services between
London Heathrow and Europe to include six new destinations: Rome, Milan,
Toulouse, Prague, Warsaw and Budapest (available for sale from 14 June and for travel from 21 July 2010). This will take the
number of Qantas codeshares on BA services beyond London to 29 destinations in the United Kingdom
- Qantas will also increase the frequency of its codesharing on
services between Heathrow and Nice, Stockholm and Amsterdam. The expanded
arrangement follows the authorisation earlier this year of the Joint Services
Agreement between Qantas and BA for a further five years from 2010.
- From November 2010, Qantas will upgrade its four-times-weekly service
between Sydney and Manila (including one service per week via Brisbane) from a
Boeing 767 aircraft to an Airbus A330 aircraft delivering more capacity and a
higher level of product and service for customers on the route.