21 OCTOBER 2008

The destination being Los Angeles, Australian airline Qantas' new Airbus 380 was assured of a starry Hollywood reception when it landed at the city's LAX airport.

John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John were on the tarmac to greet the double-decker, four-engine plane in the first commercial flight by an A380 to touch down in the City of Angels.

Wearing airline crew uniforms, the Grease co-stars strode out to meet passengers who'd travelled from Melbourne. The A380, with a flying kangaroo emblazoned on its tail, parked next to "lifelong airline geek" John's Boeing 707.

Trained to pilot both the Boeing and a Gulf-stream jet he also owns, the Pulp Fiction actor has now set his sights on qualifying to fly the Airbus: "I was the first non-test pilot to get a chance to fly it and it was awesome," he said.

Despite the healthy box-office returns on his movies, the star admits the plane's $300-million price tag is beyond his reach. When asked if the aircraft would be on his Chrismas wishlist, the movie heavyweight laughed: "Geez, I don't think I can afford that".

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The former screen sweethearts, whose Grease characters Sandy and Danny captured the hearts of a generation came together for the maiden LA voyage of Australian airline Quantas' new Airbus 380 Photo: © PA
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John, an avid flyer wore the airline's pilot uniform, while Olivia was dressed as one of their flight attendants Photo: © PA
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