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After Long Wait, Qantas Finally Get Their A380s

Posted September 26, 2008 by BookingBuddy

Qantasairbusa380 It might have been over two years in the making, but sometimes, the good things in life take a bit of effort. And this time, it seems Qantas’ efforts might have paid off, as they finally took delivery of their first A380 this week at the Airbus base in Toulouse.

Despite a general downturn in the aviation industry (rising fuel prices, slowing economies ... you’ve heard it all before), the company’s chief Geoff Dixon is hopeful that his investment will eventually pay off. With an order of 20 A380s—Airbus’ second largest order after Emirates' 58 planes—Dixon’s decision had better work out well for the company sometime in the future.

However, despite competitors like Singapore Airlines and Emirates offering luxurious upper decks with everything from double beds to showers in the bathrooms, Qantas hopes to keep it simpler. Their upper deck will instead boast ... a small lounge. No word yet on what, if anything, will be featured in the lounge. Still, at least economy-class passengers won’t feel so hard done by if they know they’re not missing out on anything too special.

So this all seems like a nice upgrade for Qantas. But my question is, would you pay more to fly on the A380, even if you were just flying in economy class? Please leave your answer below in the comments section.

(Photo: Flight Global)

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I don't think so. In contrast, I would pay higher just to seat in a 747. At least I know I'll be safe. The A380 was built by Airbus just to stay in the competition, but every true aviation lover knows its not all its cracked up to be. The 747 is the finest and most reliable aircraft ever built. So, my answer is no to your question.

Posted on January 04, 2010 at 11:29 AM by Maverick

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