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 below: Qantas Introduces Premium Economy to Japan and Germany Sydney, 24 August 2010 Qantas today announced that it would introduce Premium Economy on its Tokyo and Frankfurt services. 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. Qantas Premium Economy offers: superior recline and leg room – nine inch seat recline and up to 40 inch seat pitch; 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; and pre-take off refreshments – Champagne, orange juice and water. To celebrate the launch, Qantas is offering all inclusive Premium Economy return fares starting from: $1,999* to Tokyo on selected services from 10 October 2010; and $3,999* to Frankfurt on selected services from 3 February 2011.
Qantas Premium Economy takes off: Today marks the first flight operated by Qantas fitted with its new Qantas Premium Economy cabin. The QF127 flight from Sydney to Hong Kong was operated on a retrofitted Boeing 747 aircraft and is the first of many that will gradually see all Qantas Boeing 747 aircraft retrofitted with the new Qantas Premium economy cabin, along with all new Qantas Airbus A380 aircraft (flying from Late 2008). “We have invested significantly in developing this cabin, which is being progressively installed across our B747-400 fleet and will be available on every Qantas A380,” said John Borghetti, Qantas Executive General Manager. “Qantas Premium Economy offers extra space and comfort and enhanced levels of service.” Qantas’ Premium Economy product is set to offer the world’s best recline and pitch, with a nine inch seat recline and up to 42″ seat pitch. Designed by Marc Newson and manufactured by Recaro, the seat also features a six-way adjustable headrest, integrated leg rest, fold-out foot rest, and a wide centre console with a fixed cocktail table. “The new service also includes priority check-in, dedicated cabin crew, an additional hand baggage allowance, and priority boarding and disembarkation,” adds Mr Borghetti. Some quick facts about the Qantas Premium Economy Cabin: 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). For discussion on Frequent Flyer programs, Airlines Lounges, or anything Business Travel related , become a member of BizTravelGuru, and head over to the Business Travel Guru’s Forums Related articles and Forum Posts Qantas Premium Economy Upgrades The Business Travel Guru gets close and personal with Singapore Airlines Airbus A380 Singapore Airlines A380: first glimpse of Singapore Airlines A380 cabins Singapore Airlines takes delivery of its second Airbus A380 Qantas & Emirates Airlines A380 YouTube Videos Value of Qantas Club Membership Renewing expired Qantas Club Membership and Joining Fee Business Hotel of the Week Traders Hotel Singapore Review
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 […]
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