Qantas have announced
that it will be introducing its award winning Premium Economy Class on services
to Japan and Germany, these new premium economy classes that will be in
operation from October 2010 for the Tokyo route and from February 2011 for the
Frankfurt route, will be operated from two retrofitted Boeing 747 aircraft,
that will include 40 Premium Economy seats.
The full media release from Qantas can be read
Qantas Introduces Premium Economy to Japan and
announced that it would introduce Premium Economy on its Tokyo and Frankfurt
Qantas Chief Executive Officer, Mr Alan Joyce, said Qantas would
retrofit six two class Boeing 747s to include 40 Premium Economy seats with the
new offering to be available on the Tokyo route from October 2010 and the
Frankfurt route from February next year.
“Qantas first introduced Premium Economy in 2008
and customer feedback for the product has been extremely positive. Our
customers enjoy priority check-in, dedicated cabin crew, an additional baggage
allowance and priority boarding and disembarkation.
“Qantas currently offers Premium Economy on
services to Bangkok, Hong Kong, Singapore, Johannesburg, London, Los Angeles,
San Francisco and Buenos Aires. Increased demand for this product, particularly
from our leisure travellers, means we are now rolling Premium Economy out on
another two Qantas routes,” Mr Joyce said.
In May this
year, Qantas was awarded the World’s Best Premium Economy Class and World’s
Best Premium Economy Seat in the 2010 Skytrax World Airline Awards.
Premium Economy offers:
superior recline and leg room – nine inch seat recline and up to 40 inch seat
- extra wide 19.5 inch seats designed by Qantas Creative Director Marc Newson and
manufactured by Recaro, with ergonomic cushioning and an adjustable headrest;
- in-arm touch screen video monitor;
- Neil Perry inspired menu with premium wines;
- a self-service bar offering a selection of refreshments throughout the flight;
- pre-take off refreshments – Champagne, orange juice and water.
the launch, Qantas is offering all inclusive Premium Economy return fares
$1,999* to Tokyo on selected services from 10 October 2010; and
- $3,999* to Frankfurt on selected services from 3 February 2011.