Qantas has taken delivery of its fourth
Airbus A380, with the aircraft touching down in Sydney earlier
today after a ferry flight from Toulouse, France.
The new Qantas
A380 will allow the airline to increase services to Los Angeles and London
from 7 September 2009.
"This fourth aircraft will allow 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," said Qantas Chief Executive Officer, Mr
"Our fifth and sixth A380s are also due for delivery by the
end of the year, after which we will offer customers daily A380
services to London and Los Angeles from Sydney and increase
Melbourne-Los Angeles services from two to three per week."
The new aircraft is named
Fergus McMaster in honour of one of the airline's founders and its
The first three Qantas A380s are named:
Nancy-Bird Walton, after the first woman to fly a commercial
aviation service in Australia; and Hudson Fysh and Paul McGinness,
the two other founders of Qantas. Hudson Fysh was also Qantas'
first Managing Director.
Since October 2008, Qantas has
carried more than 300,000 passengers on its 450-seat, four class
In addition to the fifth and sixth aircraft
due by the end of 2009, a further three are scheduled for delivery
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