|Type: Airbus A380-842|
Operator: Qantas Airways Limited
In 2008 the first Qantas Airbus A380 was handed over by Airbus at a ceremony on 19 September. During this ceremony, Qantas announced that it was considering ordering four more A380s. The aircraft arrived on Australian soil on the morning of 21 September, when it touched down at Sydney Airport. Qantas' first route for the A380 was Melbourne to Los Angeles beginning on 20 October 2008, then from Sydney to Los Angeles. The second A380, which was delivered in December 2008, increased the service frequency on the same routes. Subsequent aircraft to be delivered will further expand services, initially on the Kangaroo Route.