Qantas today took out a top place at The
Chicago Anthenaeum’s Annual Good Design Awards for the Qantas A380 First Class
This is Qantas’s second Good Design Award
with the first being awarded 12 months ago for the Qantas A380 Economy Seat.
Qantas A380 First Class Suit which took out the Prestigious Good Design Award
The full media release from Qantas can be
Qantas announced today that its
Airbus A380 First Class suite has been awarded a Good Design™ Award by The
Ms Lesley Grant, Qantas
Executive Manager Customer and Marketing said this award marks the second
design award for the Qantas A380, designed by Qantas Creative Director Marc
Newson and manufactured by B/E Aerospace’s VIP jet group.
“Qantas is proud to have won yet another prestigious design award,
the second in twelve months for the Qantas A380, this time for our First Class
suite,” said Ms Grant.
“Last year we won the Australian International Design Award of the
Year for the Qantas A380 Economy Seat for its innovative, functional and
“The Chicago Athenaeum Good Design™ award recognises the Qantas
A380 First Class suite for its aesthetics and excellence in design.
“This award continues to build on the positive feedback from both
our customers and the industry on the Qantas A380. It reinforces the value of a
well designed inflight product, particularly for long haul flights.
“The A380, with its extra space, new materials and advanced
technology, has given us the ideal platform to reinvent the inflight
“This is also the second Good Design™ Award for Qantas, having won
the award for the Qantas Skybed in 2004, also designed by Qantas Creative
Director Marc Newson.”
In another mark of international
recognition, the Qantas A380 Economy seat has also been selected as one of the
exhibits in Design Real, an Exhibition at The Serpentine Gallery in
London, running until 7 February 2010. The exhibition builds on the growing
awareness of design and its impact on the world.
This week Qantas also increased
its A380 schedule into the United States and now operates daily services
between Sydney and Los Angeles, three flights per week between Melbourne and
Los Angeles, and daily A380 services between Australia and London.
QANTAS A380 FIRST CLASS
The main deck First cabin
features 14 private suites, each with wide screen LCD video monitors, an array
of personal stowage options, a unique touch screen control unit and a seat –
manufactured by B/E Aerospace’s VIP jet group – that swivels into a comfortable
armchair and a fully flat, extra long and very wide bed. The look and feel is
one of understated luxury created through the use of custom designed fabrics,
innovative materials and premium finishes. First Class highlights:
- 14 individual suites featuring electronically adjustable
seat with programmable positions and fully adjustable multi-zone massage
- seat converts into a fully flat bed complemented by a foam
mattress, sheepskin overlay and fitted cotton sheeting;
- electronically deployed 17 inch LCD widescreen video
- touch screen control unit featuring personal flight map and
operating all electronic functions including electronically adjustable privacy
- leather guest seat and large dining table designed to accommodate
- a variety of personal stowage options including dresser
- high quality finishes including Edelman leather and real
- noise cancelling headset port, PC power, USB and RJ45
- Electronically controlled dual layer window shades;
- mood lighting and enhanced cabin soundproofing; and
- designer amenities, pyjamas, soft furnishings and tableware
featuring designs by Marc Newson, Collette Dinnigan and Akira Isogawa.
About the Good Design™ Awards
The Chicago Athenaeum Good
Design Award is the world’s most prestigious global awards for new product
design and graphics. Now in its 59th year, the Museum’s historic Good Design™
program was founded in Chicago in 1950 with the participation of early modernism’s
most formable designers including Eero Saarinen, and Charles and Ray Eames.
The Chicago Athenaeum is
conferred annually by The Museum of Architecture and Design together with The
European Centre for Architecture Art Design and Urban Studies.
The Good Design™ Awards were judged in New York by an international jury of
design professionals, architects, experts, and cultural leaders. In the past,
Good Design™ juries have been held in Reykjavik, Iceland, Mexico City, Mexico,
Helsinki, Finland, Barcelona, Spain, Los Angeles, and Milan.