Qantas Airways

Qantas Airways

March 29, 2005 08:00 ET

Qantas Airways Introduces the Only Skybed Business Class Seat to Sydney, Melbourne and Auckland; Passengers Can Travel Down Under Fast, Asleep


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MARCH 29, 2005 - 08:00 ET

Qantas Airways Introduces the Only Skybed Business
Class Seat to Sydney, Melbourne and Auckland;
Passengers Can Travel Down Under Fast, Asleep

LOS ANGELES--(CCNMatthews - Mar 29, 2005) -

Qantas Airways, a leader in the global aviation industry, has taken
comfort to a new level with the introduction of its award-winning Skybed
business class sleeper seat. The first and only seat of its kind on
certain routes to the South Pacific, Qantas international business class
passengers can experience the ultimate luxuries of Skybed on their visit
Down Under. Skybed is now available on Boeing 747-400 aircraft on select
flights from Los Angeles and New York (JFK) to Sydney and Melbourne, and
beginning April 1, 2005 to Auckland, New Zealand.

Designed by world-famous Australian industrial designer Marc Newson and
developed by USA based BE Aerospace, Skybed is 6 feet 6.5 inches long
and 23.5 inches wide when fully reclined to eight degrees. In 2004, the
Qantas Skybed received the prestigious Chicago Athenaeum Museum Good
Design Award. Comprehensive Skybed features include:

-- A fixed cocoon-style design to provide maximum security

-- Privacy screens between seats

-- Extensive range of seat adjustments, offering passengers outstanding
comfort in every position

-- Built-in back massager

-- A large 10.4-inch screen with multi-channel entertainment

-- AC power outlet that allows laptops direct access, without the need
for adaptor cables

-- World's first inflight Short Message System (SMS) with reply
capability

-- Unlimited complimentary onboard telephone access to call other
passengers

-- Clever storage compartments, including a shoe cupboard, glove box
for glasses, books and travel documents and a water bottle holder

"Passenger reaction to Skybed has been absolutely overwhelming," said
Howard Goldberg, Qantas Airways vice president, sales and marketing, The
Americas. "Our international business class service offers a brand-new
inflight experience for passengers who require all the benefits of an
office, hotel or home theater, and the demand has far surpassed our best
expectations," he added.

As the airline that originally pioneered business class, Qantas enhanced
service reflects a new era in business travel. Featuring a distinctive
five-star dining experience created by renowned Australian chef and
restaurateur Neil Perry, enhanced inflight cuisine options include
fresher, healthier menu selections, a choice of restaurant-style or
express meal service, hot or cold snacks on request and overnight orders
for room service-style breakfast to cater to individual sleep schedules.
In addition to newly advanced onboard communications features,
passengers will enjoy premium quality noise canceling headsets and
luxurious amenity kits. Qantas' specially trained flight attendants also
offer a new level of service and greater understanding of travelers'
needs.

About Qantas Airways

Qantas Airways is a global air carrier with more than 200 aircraft
offering service to 135 destinations in 32 countries. Founded in 1920,
Qantas Airways in 2004 celebrated 50 years of continuous flying between
North America and Australia with more nonstop flights to Australia and
New Zealand than any other carrier and provides convenient connections
from Los Angeles to Bali and Denpasar, Indonesia; Mumbai, India; and
Johannesburg, South Africa, via the Sydney hub. Named Airline of the
Year in 2004 by Air Transport World magazine, Qantas Airways has long
been recognized for its continued focus on excellence in the air as well
as on the ground.

For more information about Qantas Airways, please visit the Web site at
www.QantasUSA.com.

Note to Editors: Images of Skybed and interviews are available upon
request.

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Contact Information

  • FOR FURTHER INFORMATION PLEASE CONTACT:
    Qantas Airways
    Michael Abraham, (310) 726-1454
    or
    Agnes Huff Communications Group
    Agnes Huff, PhD, or Anna Jerden, (310) 641-2525