Qantas Skybed Wins Prestigious Design Award

Sydney , 04 February 2004

The new Qantas international Business Class seat, Skybed, has won a Good Design Award from the Chicago Athenaeum Museum of Architecture and Design - one of the world's oldest and most prestigious international design awards.

Skybed was designed by Australian industrial designer Marc Newson, and developed by USA based manufacturer BE Aerospace in association with Qantas engineering.

The Executive General Manager of Qantas Airlines, John Borghetti, said he was delighted Skybed had received the international acknowledgment.

"Skybed is nothing like the traditional airline seat. It has a sleek, contemporary design and offers a range of innovative features that provide comfort, privacy and flexibility for customers," Mr Borghetti said. Skybed is 6 feet, 6.5 inches (199.4 cm) long and 23.5 inch (60 cm) wide when fully reclined to 8 degrees. Its features include:

* a fixed cocoon-style seat surround to provide maximum privacy;* a privacy screen between seats;* extensive seat adjustment controls to ensure maximum comfort in any position, with additional seat controls inside the cocoon surround;* cushioned lumbar support;* a back massage feature; * a large 10.4 inch (26.4 cm) screen with multi-channel entertainment;* a PC power outlet that allows laptops to be plugged straight in without the need for adaptor cables;* clever storage options including a shoe cupboard and glove box for spectacles and travel documents; and* a water bottle holder.

Skybed is being progressively introduced on the entire 747-400 fleet. It will also be installed on the airline's new A330-300 aircraft to be delivered later this year.

The Good Design program was founded in Chicago in 1950 with the participation of some of America's most important designers. More information about The Chicago Athenaeum Museum of Architecture and Design Awards can be found at

Issued by Qantas Corporate Communication (3026)