On Wednesday, Qantas became the first airline to
operate the Airbus A380 on a commercial service to San Francisco, with
the aircraft flying to the city as part of the annual G’Day USA
The Qantas A380 is operating the scheduled QF73
service between Sydney and San Francisco in lieu of the usual
Executive General Manager Mr John Borghetti,
said Qantas was a founding partner of G’Day USA, and was
supporting the event’s expansion into San Francisco.
“Six years ago Qantas joined Australia’s
Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Austrade and Tourism
Australia to support this important annual event that has been so
successful in promoting all things Australian to the United States
market,” Mr Borghetti said.
“G’Day USA began in Los Angeles,
expanded to the US east coast and New York three years ago, and is
now growing further with this move into San Francisco.”
Mr Borghetti added that the Qantas A380 has more than
matched the airline’s expectations. “The Qantas A380 has been
operating up to three services a week between Melbourne, Sydney
and Los Angeles since October, and customer feedback has been
extremely positive,” he said.
Qantas’ A380 fleet is configured with 450 seats
– 14 in First, 72 in Business, 32 in its new Premium Economy cabin
and 332 in Economy.
The First class cabin comprises 14 suites
designed to enable a spacious luxury travel experience. In
Business class, the aircraft offers passengers a new fully-flat
Skybed and the new Premium Economy seats offer extra width,
recline and legroom. The state-of-the-art Economy class seat was
styled by Marc Newson and manufactured by Recaro, which makes
seats for luxury auto brands such as Aston Martin, Audi and
Qantas currently operates 47 return services per
week between Australia and the USA, including 38 to Los Angeles
(from Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane), five to San Francisco and
four to Honolulu. Qantas also operates daily services to New York,
via Los Angeles.
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