Qantas today announced it would increase Qantas A380 Services to both Los Angeles and London from 6 August 2009, after it receives is fourth A380 aircraft at the end of July 2009. After Qantas receives its fifth and sixth A380, Qantas will begin to offer daily services to both London and Los Angeles. The full media release from Qantas can be read below: Qantas announced today it would increase its A380 services to both London and Los Angeles from 6 August 2009. Group Executive Qantas Airlines Commercial, Mr Rob Gurney said the airline would take delivery of three new aircraft before the end of the year. “Our fourth A380 arrives at the end of July, allowing us to increase Sydney-Singapore-London A380 services from three to five per week, and Sydney-Los Angeles services from three to four per week,” Mr Gurney said. “The arrival of our fifth and sixth aircraft later in the year will mean further increases in services to these key destinations. “By November Qantas will operate daily A380 services to London and Los Angeles from Sydney and will increase Melbourne-Los Angeles services from two to three A380 flights per week. “By the end of 2009 this year Qantas will operate 34 services per week between Australia and the UK and US with its A380 fleet.” Mr Gurney said that since Qantas launched A380 services in October 2008, the airline had carried more than 200,000 passengers onboard the flagship aircraft. “The Qantas A380 has received exceptional feedback from our customers, and has reaffirmed what we set out to achieve – the creation of a designer aircraft which exceeds customer expectations when it comes to comfort and functionality,” Mr Gurney said. The Qantas A380 is configured with 450 seats across four classes: First class – 14 luxurious and spacious suites Business class – 72 new fully-flat Skybed sleeper seats Premium Economy class – 32 extra wide seats with greater recline and legroom Economy class – 332 state-of-the-art seats styled by Marc Newson and manufactured by Recaro.
Today Emirates airlines will take a step into the history books when it becomes the first airline to start scheduled flights to Toronto Canada. The Emirates A380 route from Dubai to Toronto Canada will be a three times a week service and is a sign that Emirates is committed to and sees great potential in the Canadian market. Presently Emirates is restricted to 3 flight a week to Canada and would like to expand this with daily flight to Toronto with a possible second daily service with a 777 aircraft, along with an additional service from Dubai to Calgary. The Full press release from Emirates can be read below: One hundred years after the first manned flight in Canada, Canadian aviation history again will be made when an Emirates airline Airbus A380 lands at Pearson International Airport in Toronto on June 1, 2009. The airline’s double-decker aircraft will be the first to enter the Canadian market. “We are extremely pleased to provide the A380 for our Dubai-Toronto service, which has had consistently strong demand since the three-times weekly route was launched in October, 2007,” said Emirates President Tim Clark. “In fact, the demand has been so high it will only allow Emirates to address some of the unmet need of the Toronto market,” he added. “The launch of the Dubai-Toronto A380 service means we will continue to invest in Canada, one of our most important markets. Our inaugural A380 flight to Toronto comes just after the hiring of Emirates’ 500th Canadian employee. Our Canadian employees are in Canada and Dubai in positions ranging from management to pilots to cabin crew and engineers,” Mr. Clark said. “Despite the current economic difficulties, this is good news for the Canadian economy. We believe you need a long-term view. By adding this new ultra-efficient aircraft to Toronto, we are increasing trade and tourism capacity, but the three flights a week restriction remains a disappointment. We believe Toronto needs a daily A380 service and progressively, a second daily service with an aircraft like the 777,” he added. Dubai has been one of Canada’s fastest growing export markets in recent years and Emirates has been lobbying for additional access to Toronto for a decade. Emirates has also indicated its interest in providing direct flights from Dubai to Calgary and Vancouver given the serious potential it sees for those markets. The airline remains hopeful that the Canadian government will allow additional service to Canada to meet the demand for passenger and cargo traffic. This request is consistent with the government’s Blue Sky policy on air liberalization, supported by several provincial and municipal governments and dozens of business and tourism stakeholders across Canada. “The inaugural flight represents a significant milestone for Emirates’ Toronto-Dubai service. Passengers are in for a treat when they fly on the Emirates A380. The aircraft features shower spas in the First Class cabin, an onboard lounge and our services include an extensive menu of multi-course meal options, created by top international chefs as […]
Today Qantas commenced A380 Services to Singapore and Heathrow, QF31 is Qantas’s second Airbus A380 route after introducing its first A380 aircraft on an alternating route between Melbourne Los Angeles and Sydney Los Angeles. The full Qantas press release is below: Qantas will extend its A380 network to Singapore and the United Kingdom later today, with its inaugural A380 service between Sydney and London. Executive General Manager, Mr John Borghetti, said the airline would initially operate three A380 services each week on the Kangaroo Route. “Since we operated our first A380 service between Melbourne and Los Angeles in October last year, this aircraft has generated extremely positive feedback from our customers,” Mr Borghetti said. “It has delivered on our vision, realised by Qantas Creative Director Marc Newson, of offering customers a new, stylish long haul travel experience, more space and more comfort. “It has also met our expectations in terms of aircraft performance. “Following the delivery of a third aircraft at the end of December, we are now ready to introduce the Qantas A380 to the Singapore and UK markets.” QF31 will operate from Sydney to London via Singapore on Tuesdays, Fridays and Saturdays, with the return QF32 operating on Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays, also via Singapore. The Qantas A380 is configured with 450 seats across four classes: First class – 14 luxurious and spacious suites Business class – 72 new fully-flat Skybed sleeper seats Premium Economy class – 32 extra wide seats with greater recline and legroom; and Economy class – 332 state-of-the-art seats styled by Marc Newson and manufactured by Recaro. Mr Borghetti said Qantas would take delivery of a further four A380s in 2009, with the next aircraft due in May. Qantas operates 28 return services per week between Australia and the UK.