Perth Cityflyer Takes Off With Enhanced Inflight Service

PERTH, 02 January 2003

The first Perth Cityflyer service took off today, featuring a new international style of inflight service.

Qantas Executive General Manager Sales and Marketing John Borghetti said that in addition to the usual Cityflyer benefits, Perth Cityflyer would offer a new level of service, with enhanced food and wine offerings.

"These transcontinental Cityflyer flights will feature a special type of inflight service that is new to the domestic market, including more substantial, international style meals and a second service during the flight," Mr Borghetti said. "Perth Cityflyer will provide Qantas customers with the best flight experience in Australia."

Economy class customers will be offered printed menus, complimentary beer and wine from lunchtime and a second service of tea and coffee on morning services or ice cream on afternoon services.

Business Class customers will be offered an entree and a choice of three main course options followed by cheese or dessert. A second service has been re-introduced for breakfast and brunch and a choice of drinks will be offered before take-off and all meals.

Mr Borghetti said that the airline's brand new Airbus A330 aircraft, which sets a new standard for domestic air travel, would operate the inaugural Perth Cityflyer service.

"We've worked closely with Airbus to develop an enhanced cabin environment, with a level of comfort and space unparalleled on Australian domestic routes. The A330 also offers one of the quietest cabins in the sky."

Mr Borghetti said that Perth Cityflyer offers:

* seven services a day between Perth and Sydney;* eight services a day between Perth and Melbourne;* two services a day between Perth and Brisbane; * dedicated check in counters for customers without baggage;* dedicated gate lounges and baggage carousels;* stand alone easy to read information screens; and* complimentary newspapers on morning weekday services.

Mr Borghetti added that Qantas had just completed a $14 million re-development of the Perth Domestic Terminal featuring:

* an expanded check-in area with eight new counters;* expanded baggage reclaim facilities; and* new toilet and bathroom facilities.

The expanded Perth Qantas Club - with seating for an additional 100 guests, new bar and buffet and improved business centre - is due to open in March 2003.

Issued by Qantas Corporate Communication (2843)