Qantas One of the World's Best Airlines

LOS ANGELES - August 12, 2008

Qantas has been named Best Airline Australasia and one of the world's top airlines in the 2008 Skytrax World Airline Awards.

Senior Executive Vice President of Qantas, Mr. Wally R. Mariani, said Qantas, which ranked number three in Skytrax list, had been listed in the world's top five airlines for six consecutive years in the prestigious survey - one of only two airlines to achieve this.

"The awards are testament to our ongoing investment in premium product and to our people, who continue to deliver excellent customer service to our passengers," Mr. Mariani added.

Mr. Mariani said Qantas had achieved additional awards in two other categories: "Best First Lounge, which followed the awarding of an Australian Design Award earlier this year for its Sydney First Class lounge; and Best Economy Catering, which had recently been upgraded with enhancements including a 'Goodnight Service' offering organic chamomile tea and hot chocolate."

Mr. Mariani said the Skytrax awards were regarded as a benchmark for airline passenger satisfaction levels by airlines throughout the world.

"This year, Skytrax was judged by more than 15 million travelers whose views confirm the very positive results of our own customer satisfaction research."

About Qantas Airways

Qantas currently operates six B747-400 aircraft offering Premium Economy, with 18 aircraft expected to be in operation by the end of the year. All Qantas A380s will also include a Premium Economy cabin. Qantas Airways is a global air carrier with more than 200 aircraft offering service to 140 estinations in 37 countries. Founded in 1920, Qantas Airways celebrates 54 years of continuous flying between North America and Australia. Offering more non-stop flights to Australia and New Zealand than any other carrier, Qantas provides convenient connections from its gateways in New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Honolulu. For more information about Qantas Airways, visit

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