Award Winning Qantas Airways Flies to Award Winning Sydney

Los Angeles, 24 October 2005

For 85 years, Qantas Airways has always called Australia home. Now, travelers can enjoy the ultimate comforts of Qantas award winning services when they fly to award winning Sydney, named in the Condé Nast Traveler Reader’s Choice Awards as Best City in the World for an unprecedented tenth time.

"Qantas is proud to be a part of the travel experience to the great city of Sydney, known for its warm and welcoming Aussie culture, which is also thoughtfully represented in Qantas’ own award-winning onboard services and products," said Wally R. Mariani, senior executive vice president for Qantas Airways, The Americas and Pacific. "Since 1954, Qantas has taken great care in catering to North American passengers’ discriminating needs by providing world renowned inflight service and the benefits and convenience of offering the most non-stop flights to the world’s favorite city and unprecedented access to the rest of the world," he added.

Travelers flying to the best city in the world can relax and sleep in the Qantas Skybed business class sleeper seat. Winner of the prestigious Chicago Athenaeum Museum Good Design Award, the Skybed represents innovation in comfort and gives passengers a brand-new inflight experience. At 6 feet 6.5 inches long and 23.5 inches wide when fully reclined to eight degrees, the Marc Newson designed Skybed also features numerous luxuries, including a built-in back massager, the world’s first inflight Short Message System (SMS), unlimited complimentary onboard telephone access to call other passengers, a range of seat adjustments and large 10.4-inch screens with multi-channel entertainment.

For passengers whose preference is non-stop entertainment en route, Qantas offers the best entertainment in the sky. All passengers have a personal in-seat video screen, offering a choice of new release movies, TV shows, Q Games and Q Radio. To recognize innovation in entertainment, Qantas was honored with the "Best Overall Inflight Entertainment" award at the Avion Awards, conducted by the World Airline Entertainment Association. In addition to this overall excellence, Qantas also received awards for Best Inflight Magazine for the Australian Way, Best Inflight Entertainment Guide for Q and Best Special Purpose Video for The Making of "I Still Call Australia Home."

When planning business or vacation travel to the world's best city or to hundreds of other cities around the globe, Qantas renowned service is the top choice among savvy travelers. From March 29, 2006, Qantas will once again link the great city of San Francisco directly with Australia.

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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