Qantas flies Airbus A380 to San Francisco

Travel News Asia Latest Travel News Podcasts Thursday, 15 January 2009

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 GDay USA promotion.

The Qantas A380 is operating the scheduled QF73 service between Sydney and San Francisco in lieu of the usual Boeing 747-400.

Executive General Manager Mr John Borghetti, said Qantas was a founding partner of GDay USA, and was supporting the events expansion into San Francisco.

Six years ago Qantas joined Australias 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.

GDay 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 airlines 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 Porsche.

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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