Qantas, Australia’s flag carrier, now offers business class travellers seats that can recline through entire flights, from take-off to landing.
Designed by Qantas’ creative director Marc Newson, the seats are part of the airlines new Business Suites on its entire fleet of A330 aircraft.
The new service, the first of its kind, is being launched this month on domestic flights and will be extended to international to Asia and Hawaii from next month. (Subject to final CASA certification).
The new suites also offer fully-flat beds and direct aisle access for every Business Class passenger in a 1-2-1 layout.
Qantas Group Chief Executive Officer Alan Joyce said the Business Suite would redefine the inflight experience for customers travelling on more than 15 international and domestic routes.
“We believe this product will deliver the best travel experience between Australia and Asia, and probably the best domestic travel experience anywhere in the world. We can’t wait for our customers to experience it for themselves,” he said.
“A key point of difference from all other carriers is that the seat can be in recline and fitted with the mattress from take-off right through to landing. With many Business passengers enjoying a meal in the lounge prior to travelling, this means more time to rest and sleep.”
Economy cabins on all international A330s will be fitted with a next-generation model of the award-winning Recaro seat. An earlier version of the seat proved extremely popular with Qantas customers on the A380 and refurbished B747 aircraft. Economy seats on the A330-200s for Qantas Domestic will also be refreshed.
New entertainment program
Customers in both cabins on the international A330 aircraft can now enjoy the latest Panasonic eX3 inflight entertainment system, with larger seatback touchscreens in addition to Q Streaming technology.
The new technology enables them to stream content from an extensive entertainment library directly to their own devices.
Domestic Business Class customers on A330 aircraft will also enjoy the same Panasonic eX3 system, while Economy customers will have an individual inflight entertainment experience through either seatback touchscreens or devices provided by Qantas in every seat.
The new, improved inflight entertainment program gives passengers more regular and in-depth news coverage following Qantas’ new partnership with Sky News, Foxtel and Fox Sports.
Passengers can view a complete package of news, sport, entertainment and lifestyle programs.
Qantas has also announced the construction of a new Domestic Business Lounge in Perth, due to open in the third quarter of 2015.