Qantas outlines plans for future A380s

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Qantas Airways has outlined its plans for the Airbus A380s it is receiving this year and it is also expanding internationally by signing new codeshare agreements.

The Oneworld carrier says in a statement that at the end of July it is taking delivery of its fourth Airbus A380 and that starting 6 August it will deploy it on the Sydney-Singapore-London Heathrow and Sydney-Los Angeles routes.

This will increase its A380 flights to London to five per week from three and on the other route A380 flights rise to four per week from three, it says. Qantas also uses Boeing 747-400s on those routes.

Qantas group executive commercial, Rob Gurney, says in the statement Qantas is receiving a fifth and sixth A380 before year-end.

"By November Qantas will operate daily A380 services to London and Los Angeles from Sydney and will increase Melbourne-Los Angeles services from two to three A380 flights per week."

"By the end of 2009 Qantas will operate 34 services per week between Australia and the UK and USA with its A380 fleet," he adds.

While Qantas is increasing capacity to its key destinations using A380s, it is also reaching new markets thanks to codeshares.

Qantas says in a separate statement that on 17 June it will be codesharing on American Airlines' flights from Dallas and Chicago to: Atlanta, Minneapolis, Indianapolis, Detroit, Tampa, Cincinnati, New Orleans and Memphis.

It also says starting 15 July it will codeshare on Iberia services from Frankfurt and London to Madrid and that same day the Spanish carrier will start placing its code on Qantas flights from London Heathrow and Frankfurt to Sydney.

American Airlines and Iberia are part of Oneworld.