Qantas Airways introduces the only Skybed Business Class Seat to Sydney, Melbourne and Auckland

Los Angeles, 15 March 2005

Qantas Airways, a leader in the global aviation industry, has taken comfort to a new level with the introduction of its award-winning Skybed business class sleeper seat. The first and only seat of its kind on certain routes to the South Pacific, Qantas international business class passengers can experience the ultimate luxuries of Skybed on their visit Down Under. Skybed is now available on Boeing 747-400 aircraft on select flights from Los Angeles and New York (JFK) to Sydney and Melbourne, and beginning April 1, 2005 to Auckland, New Zealand.

Designed by world-famous Australian industrial designer Marc Newson and developed by USA based BE Aerospace, Skybed is 6 feet 6.5 inches long and 23.5 inches wide when fully reclined to eight degrees. In 2004, the Qantas Skybed received the prestigious Chicago Athenaeum Museum Good Design Award. Comprehensive Skybed features include:

  • A fixed cocoon-style design to provide maximum security.
  • Privacy screens between seats.
  • Extensive range of seat adjustments, offering passengers outstanding comfort in every position.
  • Built-in back massager.
  • A large 10.4-inch screen with multi-channel entertainment.
  • AC power outlet that allows laptops direct access, without the need for adaptor cables.
  • World's first inflight Short Message System (SMS) with reply capability.
  • Unlimited complimentary on board telephone access to call other passengers.
  • Clever storage compartments, including a shoe cupboard, glove box for glasses, books and travel documents and a water bottle holder.

"Passenger reaction to Skybed has been absolutely overwhelming," said Howard Goldberg, Qantas Airways vice president, sales and marketing, The Americas. "Our international business class service offers a brand-new inflight experience for passengers who require all the benefits of an office, hotel or home theater, and the demand has far surpassed our best expectations," he added.

As the airline that originally pioneered business class, Qantas enhanced service reflects a new era in business travel. Featuring a distinctive five-star dining experience created be renowned Australian chef and restaurateur Neil Perry, enhanced inflight cuisine options include fresher, healthier menu selections, a choice of restaurant-style or express meal service, hot or cold snacks on request and overnight orders for room service-style breakfast to cater to individual sleep schedules. In addition to newly advanced onboard communications features, passengers will enjoy premium quality noise canceling headsets and luxurious amenity kits. Qantas' specially trained flight attendants also offer a new level of service and greater understanding of travelers' needs.

About Qantas Airways

Qantas Airways is a global air carrier with more than 200 aircraft offering service to 135 destinations in 32 countries. Founded in 1920, Qantas Airways in 2004 celebrated 50 years of continuous flying between North America and Australia with more nonstop flights to Australia and New Zealand than any other carrier and provides convenient connections from Los Angeles to Bali and Denpasar, Indonesia; Mumbai, India; and Johannesburg, South Africa, via the Sydney hub. Named Airline of the Year in 2004 by Air Transport World magazine, Qantas Airways has long been recognized for its continued focus on excellence in the air as well as on the ground.

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