QANTAS A380 at Perth Airport

On October 14th, 2008, QANTAS flew their first Airbus A380, VH-OQA, into Perth as part of a nationwide publicity tour that took in all of the Australian state and territory capital cities. No self-respecting plane-spotter could resist taking the day off work and heading for the airport to see this mighty jet – after all, it’s not every day that a new type of airliner comes to town.

Named ‘Nancy Bird-Walton’ after Qantas’ first flight attendant, the aircraft flew in from Adelaide to perfect weather. These first photos were taken from Abernethy Road in Kewdale – enjoy!

VH-OQA Qantas Airbus A380-842

The aircraft did a low-level pass over the city and along the coast before coming in to land on runway 03. This shot gives a real indication of just how huge the wings are on the A380.

VH-OQA Qantas Airbus A380-842

The other impressive feature of the A380 is the size of the tail. In this shot you can clearly see the size of it relative to the rear door on the lower deck.

VH-OQA Qantas Airbus A380-842

Very short finals for runway 03. Clearly visible here is the A380’s undercarriage, which consists of 22 wheels. By comparison, the Boeing 747 has 18. Not visible in this shot is the traffic, which by this point had come to a virtual standstill. Local TV and radio stations had been broadcasting details of the aircraft’s arrival, so people were taking to vantage points throughout the city and around the airport to see it. I don’t think they were disappointed!

VH-OQA Qantas Airbus A380-842

Taken from the domestic side of Perth Airport, and with the control tower in the shot, VH-OQA lifts off into the afternoon sun heading back to Sydney. The aircraft had been parked on the International Terminal side of the airport and a large crowd gathered to watch it depart. It was amazing just how quiet the take-off was – I don’t know what the official stats are, but the A380 is significantly quieter than a 747, which will no doubt be good news for those people who live near busy airports.

So, that was it, Perth’s first A380. All in all a great day out!

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