Friday, September 19, 2008

Qantas Gets Shiny New Airbus Superjumbo

Qantas Airlines took delivery on it's brand new Airbus A380 today in France.

The A380, the world's largest passenger jet, can carry up to 853 people but Qantas will restrict seating to 450 passengers -- 14 in individual first class suites, 72 in business class, 32 in premium economy cabin and 332 in economy as a sign of mercy for those who had to fly in greyhound class at the back of the plane.

Qantas, which was the first airline to order the planes, will launch an A380 service on October 20 from Melbourne to Los Angeles, and on October 24 from Sydney to Los Angeles.

Later Qantas will also fly the superjumbo to Singapore and London. Currently the Qantas group, including low-cost subsidiary Jetstar, has ordered a total of 110 aircraft directly from Airbus.

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