Qantas’ Dixon says, “When we ordered our A380 in 2000, we said that in addition to giving us the opportunity to reinvent our product, this revolutionary new aircraft offered capacity and operating savings, as well as environmental improvements. Everything we have seen since our initial order has reinforced this view.” Typically the A380 seats 525 passengers in three classes, but Qantas’ cabin is more spacious, with 450 seats in four classes (14 First, 72 Business, 32 Premium Economy and 332 Economy). The four Rolls Royce Trent 900 engines will each deliver up to 72,000 lb of thrust, contributing to the aircraft’s overall fuel efficiency of less than three liters (0.79 gal) of fuel per passenger per 100 km (62 miles).
Qantas’ first commercial A380 services were launched on October 20 bewteen Melbourne and Los Angeles, and, on Oct. 24, between Sydney and Los Angeles. Later Qantas also will fly the A380 on routes to Singapore and London.