Upgraded Qantas A330 completes inaugural international flight

Qantas passengers travelling on international routes will soon be able to enjoy an improved flying experience, as the airline’s refurbished A330 completes its inaugural international flight between Melbourne and Singapore.

As part of the improvements Economy Class passengers travelling on the new A330 will be able to benefit from the next generation model of the Recaro seat. While Business Class customers will be able to enjoy new “business suites” designed by Marc Newson as well as Qantas Business Sleep Collection kits containing ASPAR products by Aurora Spa, pyjamas, an eye mask, socks, a toothbrush, toothpaste and earplugs.

Qantas First Lounge launched at LAX

Qantas customers can now take advantage of the facilities of the airline’s newly-opened first class lounge at Los Angeles International Airport. Designed by Marc Newson and being three times larger in comparison to the previous facility the new Qantas First Lounge offers enough space for more than 200 people. The new lounge not only offers guests personalised service, but also an opportunity to take advantage of wifi, wireless printing and cable television and such facilities as a 74-seat restaurant and bar, two private work suites and seven showers with Aurora Spa ASPAR products.

New codeshare services from Qantas and American Airlines

As Qantas and American Airlines expand their codeshare, starting from 27 November 2014 Qantas customers will be able to benefit from access to new services departing from USA.

The first new services available as part of the codeshare will include American Airlines flights from  Los Angeles to Lihue, Kona, Maui, Atlanta, San Antonio and Tampa. With flights from Dallas/Fort Worth to Richmond, Tuscon, and Albuquerque to follow in the future.

Qantas to launch new Economy Class menu

Starting from 25 November 2014, passengers travelling on long haul routes operated by Qantas will have an opportunity to take advantage of new meal options as the airline launches its updated Economy Class menu.

To be first introduced on the airline’s Melbourne-Dubai-London route, the new meal selection will feature such dishes as smoky barbecue beef with roasted sweet potato, honey roasted chicken farro salad and scrambled eggs with chicken sausage, tomato, hash brown and baked beans. Guests will also be able to enjoy traditional Greek yoghurt with granola as well as treat themselves to a variety of snacks, including pulled beef sliders, ice-cream bars, Maltesers and fruit.

Customers will also be able to enjoy a 50% increase in portion size and pre-order their on-board meals between seven days and 12 hours prior to their flight. Once on board passengers will also be welcomed with a drink from Bickford’s signature range, exclusive to Qantas.

Unlimited use of electronic devices on board Qantas and Virgin Australia

With Qantas’ and Virgin Australia’s applications approved by Australia’s Civil Aviation Safety Authority, the airlines’ passengers can now use such electronic devices as mobile phones, tablets, e-readers and small game consoles throughout their entire flight.

Not only can Qantas’ and Virgin Australia’s passengers now use their devices in ‘flight mode’ from take off to landing, but they will also be able to speak on their phones from gate to gate. As for the use of laptops on board, passengers will still be asked to put laptops away both during take off and landing.

Qantas and Virgin Australia customers can now take advantage of the new feature on board both international and domestic services served by the airlines.

Qantas relaunches Great Barrier Reef service

With the launch of a direct three-times weekly service between Sydney and Great Barrier Reef Airport on 02 July 2014, Qantas customers can now enjoy convenient travel to The Whitsunday Islands. The airline returns to serving the route after an almost 10 year break, now offering customers three flights a week to the destination throughout the peak season. The service will also continue to run at off peak times, operating twice a week.

New Qantas, BA and Cathay shared lounge in LA

Qantas, British Airways and Cathay Pacific passengers travelling from LAX can now enjoy passing the time before their flight at the airlines’ new Los Angeles Business Lounge. Open to the airlines’ Business and First class passengers and selected frequent flyer programme members the new facility can currently seat 400 people.

Once all phases are completed in 2015, the lounge will be able to accommodate 600 guests. With the opening of the new Qantas First Lounge also scheduled for next year, altogether Qantas, British Airways and Cathay Pacific passengers will be able to enjoy two times more space in comparison to the former LAX facilities.

The current Los Angeles Business Lounge is open to business and first class customers daily between 06:00am – 00:30am. The lounge offers guests the opportunity to benefit from such features as workstations, nine shower suites with amenities by Aurora Spa Retreat and free wi-fi. There are also additional services such as shirt pressing, shoe shining and priority access to showers available to First class customers and platinum Qantas’ Frequent Flyer programme and Oneworld Emerald members.

As for the dining options customers can enjoy a variety of Korean, Mexican, Italian, Chinese and US West Coast street food. A dedicated dining area, as well as a Family Zone and seven additional shower suites will be available to guests once the lounge is fully completed.