Qantas Unveils Australian Themed 747 Interiors

SYDNEY, 21 January 2002

The first Qantas 747-400 aircraft with new cabin interiors, including new design seat fabrics, curtains, carpet and accessories for First, Business and Economy Class cabins was rolled out on the weekend at the airline's Mascot Jetbase.

The aircraft's inaugural commercial flight was QF127 and QF128 from Sydney to Hong Kong return on Saturday.

Qantas Group General Manager Marketing Curtis Davies said the new cabin interiors were part of the airline's commitment to continuous improvement of product onboard, which included installation of the Qantas Total Entertainment System on the airline's 747-400s, offering seat-back videos in Economy Class, larger touch-activated screens and in-seat power for laptops in First and Business Class, and in-seat telephones in all classes.

"We wanted to introduce a fresh look, with textures and warm tones that would appeal to an international market, while capturing the look and feel of the spirit of Australia.

"The design goal was to retain a stylish but friendly atmosphere reflecting the contemporary and vibrant qualities that are part of the modern-day Australian lifestyle," he said.

Features include:

First Class* Textured seating fabric in lighter shades of blue and taupe* Pure new Australian lamb's-wool blankets in camel and charcoal* Soft and cosy doonas, trimmed in pure Irish linen Business Class* Woven seating fabrics and pure new Australian lamb's-wool blankets in blue and grape * Soft new pillows trimmed to match fabrics and blankets

Economy Class* Woven seating fabrics feature designs inspired by Australian scenery* Blankets, pillows and headrests in terracotta and cobalt blue to match the seat fabrics

The design was developed by Futurebrand, a UK-based brand and design consultancy that is a global leader in aircraft design. The new interiors will be introduced progressively on the airline's 24 Boeing 747-400 aircraft.

Issued by Qantas Corporate Communication (2586)