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Qantas takes delivery of fourth A380

Australia's largest airline, Qantas, has today taken delivery of its fourth Airbus A380 aircraft following a ferry flight from Toulouse, France.

With the addition of the aircraft to the fleet, the airline anticipates that A380 service to Los Angeles and London will increase from September 7, 2009.

"Our A380 services, which commenced in October 2008, have been incredibly popular with customers and the aircraft has generated extremely positive customer feedback," said Alan Joyce, Qantas' chief executive. "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.

"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. Qantas will then operate 17 return A380 services per week between Australia and the UK and US."

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August 24, 2009