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.
With the introduction of Qantas’s first Airbus A380 on its routes from Melbourne to Los Angeles and Sydney to Los Angeles, all Qantas A380 Services will be operated out of Tom Bradley International Terminal at Los Angeles International Airport LAX Presently Qantas operates out of 3 terminals at LAX, being terminal 3 terminal 4 and Tom Bradley international Terminal, with Tom Bradley International Terminal recently been upgraded to handle the Airbus A380 super jumbo double Decker aircraft. “As the first airline to bring the A380 to Los Angeles International Airport, we have carefully reviewed our entire operational requirements and made the necessary adjustments to ensure a smooth transition for our passengers,” said Wally Mariani, Qantas Senior Executive VP Americas and Pacific. Qantas will commence A380 operations from October 20 2008 with its first flight operating from Melbourne to Los Angeles return and its second a few days later on 24 October 2008 from Sydney to Los Angeles return.