Qantas Airways

Qantas Airways

September 29, 2005 18:09 ET

There Are No Sleepless Nights Flying from San Francisco to Australia Only on Qantas Airways

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

Beginning March 29, 2006, San Francisco Bay Area business and leisure travelers can look forward to enjoying unparalleled comfort, rest and relaxation on Qantas flights to Australia and beyond with the award-winning Skybed business class sleeper seat. Qantas will offer three non-stop weekly services on the San Francisco-Sydney route, operating three-class Boeing 747-400 aircraft, which are fitted with the new Skybed, as well as the latest entertainment options, including personal seat back video screens in all classes of service.

"As a leader in the industry, Qantas continues to invest in passenger amenities that customers prefer," said Qantas Airways Vice President Sales and Marketing Howard Goldberg. "Overwhelmingly, our customers have told us that getting a good night's rest on international flights is very important to them. We listened to them during the design phase of Skybed and are confident that this seat provides the level of comfort they have come to expect," he added.

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

Upon arrival in Australia after a relaxing and restful journey, Qantas provides convenient access to 50 domestic Australian cities and onward to Jakarta, Bali, Mumbai and Johannesburg. As a member of the oneworld alliance, Qantas gives travelers access to 600 destinations in 135 countries worldwide with more than 8,000 flights a day.

About Qantas Airways

Qantas Airways is a global air carrier with more than 200 aircraft offering service to 140 destinations in 40 countries. Founded in 1920, Qantas Airways in 2004 celebrated 50 years of continuous flying between North America and Australia with more non-stop flights to Australia and New Zealand than any other carrier and provides convenient connections from New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco (effective March 29, 2006) and Honolulu to Indonesia, India and South Africa via the Sydney hub. Named Airline of the Year 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. Qantas' Skybed received the prestigious Chicago Athenaeum Museum 2004 Good Design Award for its sleeper seat, which has just been introduced in the North American market.

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Contact Information

  • Qantas Airways
    Michael Abraham, 310-726-1454
    Agnes Huff Communications Group
    Agnes Huff, PhD, or Anna Jerden, 310-641-2525