Today Qantas today will put its tenth Airbus A380 into Service on the Sydney (SYD) to London (LHR) (via Singapore) route (QF31 & QF32). Qantas’ tenth Airbus A380 has the registration number VH-OQJ and is named Bert Hinkler (the first person to fly solo from Britain to Australia in 1928) QF31 is is scheduled to depart Sydney at 1610 hours and arrival at London’s Heathrow International Airport at 0635 hrs +1 day, for the stop-over in Singapore the aircraft will arrive in Singapore at 2230 hrs departing for Heathrow at 2359 hrs The Qantas A380 features four classes with 14 first class suites/full lie-flat seats in the front of the main deck configured in a 1-1-1 seating configuration, 72 full lie-flat seats in Business Class located at the front of the upper deck configured in a 2-2-2 seating configuration, 32 Qantas Premium Economy seats located in the rear of the upper deck configured in a 2-3-2 seating configuration and 332 Economy class seats located in the rear of the main deck behind first class in a 3-4-3 seating configuration.
Qantas today took out a top place at The Chicago Anthenaeum’s Annual Good Design Awards for the Qantas A380 First Class Suite. 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 read below: Qantas announced today that its Airbus A380 First Class suite has been awarded a Good Design™ Award by The Chicago Athenaeum. 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 intelligent design. “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 experience. “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 function; seat converts into a fully flat […]
In less than 6 months Qantas is due to receive and start flights with their new Airbus A380, and as has happened with Singapore Airlines, it is set to revolutionise the airline, adding Qantas to a select group of airlines that will initially operate the A380. For passengers flying on a Qantas A380 they should be treated to an onboard experience like no other, for Qantas the sales and marketing opportunities will be enormous. As yet the exact delivery date and first commercial flight of the Qantas A380 is unknown, Qantas have stated their first aircraft will service the Melbourne to Los Angeles route and flights will begin in August 2008. First pictures of the Qantas A380 The first pictuers below are of a 1/4 painted Qantas Airbus A380, on and after her first flight. The pictures are courtesy of JetPhotos.net (clicking on the photo will take you to the original full size photo on JetPhotos.net) Cabin Configuration All Qantas Airbus A380 aircraft will be configured with 4 cabin classes with First Suite, Business, Premium Economy, and Economy class, the Qantas A380 is expected to seat 450 passengers, with 14 in the First suite, 72 in Business, 32 in premium economy and 332 in economy, along with a business class lounge area. Qantas A380 First Suite Class will include the following features: 14 individual suites featuring electronically adjustable seat with programmable positions and fully adjustable multi-zone massage function Seat converts into a fully flat, extra long and wide bed with foam mattress, exclusive sheepskin overlay and fitted cotton sheeting Electronically deployed 17″ LCD widescreen video monitor Touch screen control unit featuring personal flight map and operating all electronic functions including electronically adjustable privacy screens Leather guest seat and large dining table designed to accommodate two Variety of personal stowage options including dresser unit High quality finishes including Edelman leather and solid wood Noise cancelling headset port, PC power, USB and RJ45 ports Electronically controlled dual layer window shades Main deck cabin with mood lighting and enhanced cabin soundproofing Designer amenities, soft furnishings and tableware – female amenity kits designed by Collette Dinnigan and filled with products from Payot Paris. Male amenity kits by Akira Isogawa and filled with products from Payot Paris. Luxury cotton pyjamas, slippers and eyeshades by Akira Isogawa. Crockery, cutlery and glassware designed by Marc Newson and manufactured by Noritake, Alessi and Visy. Qantas A380 Business Class will include the following cabin interior features: Enhanced Skybed electronically adjustable, sleeper seat, which at the touch of a button converts to extra longer, fully flat bed with pre-programmed seating positions, adjustable lumbar support, and improved massage function Illuminated seat controller operating all seat functions, electronically deployed privacy divider and fully adjustable in-arm video monitor Variety of personal stowage options including dedicated spaces for laptops, headset, shoes, reading material, water bottle, and coat hook Multiple reading lights, noise cancelling headset port, PC power, RJ45 and USB port Lounge area featuring self-service refreshment bar, large sofa, seatbelts for inflight use, selection of […]
Qantas Premium Economy: Today seats in Qantas’ new International Premium Economy Cabin went on sale. Seats will be available on Qantas’ Premium Economy Cabin on select Boeing 747-400 aircraft on the following routes: · Sydney to London via Singapore and Bangkok from 1 April 2008; · Sydney to Johannesburg from 1 April 2008; · Melbourne to London via Singapore and Hong Kong from 16 May 2008 · Sydney to Hong Kong from 3 August 2008. Qantas’ Premium Economy return fares from Sydney (Including taxes, levies and chages) will start from: · Hong Kong AU$1999 · Johannesburg AU$4217 · Singapore AU$2189 · London AU$4567 · Bangkok AU$2552 Qantas Executive General Manager, Mr John Borghetti said Qantas’ Premium Economy Seat was designed by renowned Australian designer Marc Newson in association with Recaro, manufacturer of seats for the likes of Aston Martin, Audi and Porsche.Qantas’s Premium Economy seat will offer: A brand new 19.5 inch wide seat; Generous seat recline and leg room (up to 40 inch pitch); 8.4 inch in-arm touch screen video monitor; Neil Perry inspired menu with premium wines; Ergonomic cushioning and an adjustable headrest; Noise cancelling headsets. On-demand control, which allows you to start, pause, fast forward, or stop any of our 400 AVOD program choices whenever you like. Choices include 60 movies, 200 TV programs (including destination guides), 20 Radio Q channels, 150 CDs, Moving Map and 10 interactive games Personal telephone in every seat,^ Reply text messaging in every seat,^ Laptop 110v AC Power outlets, which do not require an adaptor (with the exception of UK plugs). The Qantas Premium Economy Seat “Our service will also include priority check-in, dedicated cabin crew, an additional hand baggage allowance, and priority boarding and disembarkation,” Mr Borghetti said “Qantas will offer 32 Premium Economy seats on its B747-400 aircraft in a two-four-two configuration, and the product will also be available on select B747-400 services to the US from late 2008. The Qantas A380’s spacious state-of-the-art interiors will include 32 Premium Economy seats in every aircraft in a two-three-two configuration.”Qantas will take delivery of its first A380 in August 2008, with services to commence in the last quarter of 2008. The Business Travel Gurus Opinion and Comment on this news This announcement will be welcomed by both the budget conscious Business Travellers and Economy travellers looking for a little more comfort. It’s great to see Qantas follow in the footsteps of British Airways and other carriers, I am sure Qantas Premium Economy will benefit both Qantas’ bottom line along with passengers growing demand for a more comfortable flight. On further hunting around on the Qantas website I found the following additional information Premium Economy passengers would be allowed two pieces of cabin baggage (standard max 7 per piece) the same as what is allowed for Business and First Class Passengers. Checked baggage allowance is the same as for current Economy passengers (20Kg) Premium Economy Passengers will receive a 10% Frequent Flyer Cabin Bonus Qantas Premium Economy passengers earn […]
With the recent hype surrounding Singapore Airlines Airbus A380, I thought we needed more content about the Airbus A380 launch for other airlines, so below is two YouTube videos promoting the Airbus A380 for Qantas and Emirates, Enjoy! Qantas Airbus A380 & Boeing 787 Dreamliner advertisement Emirates Painted Airbus A380 Taking off and circling at the Dubai International Air show in 2005, a great video.
Qantas the national carrier of Australia has unveiled and launched a redesigned version of its flying Kangaroo logo. The redesigned flying Kangaroo ties in with several other key announcements that were made today by QANTAS Executive General Manager John Borghetti. The old Qantas Flying Kangaroo logo left next to the new, picture from the Sydney Morning Hearld The redesigned Qantas Flying Kangaroo came about to bring a contemporary design that would better suit the tail of the Airbus A380, which Qantas plans to introduce in August 2008. On the subject of the new logo James Borghetti said. “This move also reflects the changing structure of our new aircraft, for example the shape of our new kangaroo is a great fit for the tail of the A380 and other new generation aircraft,” The new flying Kangaroo logo has already been integrated into the Qantas website, and was adorned on the first aircraft a Boeing 767 today. The new logo will be progressively updated on the remaining Qantas fleet in the lead up to the arrival of the first Airbus A380. Other announcements made today by Qantas Introduction of new premium economy class/cabin for in its Boeing 747-400 and Airbus A380 aircraft. Domestic Business class only lounge at the key business airports of Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane. In-flight wireless internet access for every seat (including economy) in the new Airbus A380, which will also offer laptop power socket and a USB ports in each seat for use with a Qantas in-flight entertainment units and for charging. Announcements made today signify a leap forward for Qantas which I believe will take the carrier to a new level. On a personal note as an Australian when I first heard the rumours that Qantas had re-designed the flying Kangaroo I was a little disappointed as the flying Kangaroo means a lot to myself as it does to many other Australians, with most regarding it as a de-facto emblem of Australia. Once I saw the redesigned Qantas flying kangaroo my mind was put at ease. Qantas have actually done a great job with just a slight re-design, which was enough to modernise the logo for the future but not enough to change its appeal and meaning to the majority of Australians. The Qantas flying Kangaroo has had four re-designs since the company’s inception (1947, 1968, 1984 and 2007) and I am sure it won’t be the last