Qantas Skybed on display at Grand Prix

Melbourne, 07 March 2003

The Qantas Skybed, the airline's new sleeper seat for international business class travel, will be on display for the first time in Australia at this weekend's Australian Grand Prix in Melbourne.

Qantas Executive General Manager Sales and Marketing John Borghetti said the cocoon-style Skybed offered outstanding levels of comfort, privacy, flexibility and space.

"At two metres, Skybed is the longest bed in the sky and it features a back massage function, access to Qantas' award-winning inflight entertainment system and innovative stowage options," Mr Borghetti said.

Skybed also has a PC power outlet that allows laptop computers to be plugged in without adaptor cables.

Mr Borghetti said the first aircraft to be fitted with the Skybed would be in service by September, with all three-class Boeing 747-400 aircraft fully installed by April 2004.

These aircraft operate on routes between Australia and the UK, USA and Hong Kong.

Skybed also features:

* 23.5 inch (60cm) width when fully reclined;* extensive seat adjustment controls to ensure maximum comfort in any position for all customer regardless of their height;* cushioned lumbar support;* a large, 10.4 inch (26.4cm) touch screen with multi-channel entertainment;* privacy screen between seats;* a shoe cupboard and glove box for items such as spectacles and travel documents;* water bottle holder; and* a covered mirror inside the cocoon surround

Images of Skybed are available from Qantas on request.

Issued by Qantas Corporate Communication (2885)