Qantas Airways Delivers The Best In-Flight Entertainment In The Sky

Los Angeles, 17 November 2005

Qantas passengers can now experience the world's best entertainment in the sky on new flights from San Francisco to Australia beginning March 29, 2006. Passengers traveling non-stop from the San Francisco gateway to Sydney will enjoy award winning in-flight entertainment options, including personal seatback video screens in all classes of service.

“Discriminating travelers expect choice and flexibility, especially when it comes to entertainment onboard,” said Wally R. Mariani, senior executive vice president of Qantas Airways, The Americas and Pacific. “As part of our ongoing commitment to our passengers, we continue to invest in our onboard amenities and are pleased to offer the best and most robust entertainment packages in the industry,” he added.

Qantas’ award winning, non-stop entertainment system highlights:
  • Brand new, state-of-the-art Total Entertainment system recently recognized with the highest Avion Award
  • Personal seatback video screen with a choice of new release movies, TV shows, Q Games and Q Radio
  • The latest trend in entertainment with Audio Visual On Demand (AVOD) giving passengers control of their own entertainment options is being progressively introduced
  • Economy Class passengers can choose from a variety of movies, television programs, Q radio channels and games
  • Business and First Class passengers have a choice of additional new release movies and all-time favorites to enjoy

For the third time in four years, Qantas Airways was named the world’s No. 1 airline for in-flight entertainment by the World Airline Entertainment Association’s annual Avion Awards. Also recognized were Qantas The Australian Way for best in-flight magazine, Q as best in-flight entertainment guide and The Making of “I Still Call Australia Home” as the best special purchase video.

Each year, the Association acknowledges innovation in in-flight entertainment for 35 of the world’s leading airlines. A 25-member expert panel rates airlines and awards the honors for in-flight audio, video, print and interactive media. Sweeping the top four awards this year, Qantas continues its streak of award winning onboard services and products.

Qantas will offer three non-stop weekly services on the San Francisco-Sydney route, operating three-class Boeing 747-400 aircraft, also featuring the luxurious, award winning new Skybed sleeper seat.

About Qantas Airways

Qantas Airways is a global air carrier with more than 200 aircraft offering service to 140 destinations in 40 countries. Founded in 1920, Qantas Airways in 2004 celebrated 50 years of continuous flying between North America and Australia with more non-stop flights to Australia and New Zealand than any other carrier and provides convenient connections from New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco (effective March 29, 2006) and Honolulu to Indonesia, India and South Africa via the Sydney hub. Named Airline of the Year 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. Qantas' Skybed received the prestigious Chicago Athenaeum Museum 2004 Good Design Award for its sleeper seat, which has just been introduced in the North American market.

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