August 24: Australian airline Qantas has taken delivery of its fourth Airbus A380, the aircraft touching down in Sydney after a ferry flight from Airbus’s plant at Toulouse in France.
“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 Alan Joyce. “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 to Los Angeles services from two to three per week.”
Due to enter service on September 7, the new aircraft is named ‘Fergus McMaster’ after the airline’s first chairman. 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’, two founders of Qantas.