QANTAS AIRWAYS INTRODUCES NEW PREMIUM ECONOMY ON FLIGHTS BETWEEN THE U.S. AND AUSTRALIA

Qantas Airways’ new Premium Economy cabin is now available for sale on flights between Los Angeles and Australia.

Qantas Executive General Manager John Borghetti said the new Premium Economy would be available on selected services from Los Angeles to Sydney from November 14, 2008 and Los Angeles to Melbourne from December 19, 2008, with roundtrip fares starting from $4,098 excluding taxes.
Mr. Borghetti said the introduction of the new cabin on the Pacific Route followed its successful introduction on Qantas services to Bangkok, Hong Kong, Singapore, Johannesburg and London.
“We have been delighted with the complimentary customer feedback on Qantas’ Premium Economy cabin, which demonstrates a clear place for a product of this type and quality. Forward bookings show high levels of demand,” Mr. Borghetti said.

Qantas Premium Economy offers:

–Superior recline and legroom – nine inch seat recline and up to 42 inch seat pitch;
–extra wide 19.5 inch seats designed by Qantas Creative Director Marc Newson and manufactured by Recaro, with ergonomic cushioning and an adjustable headrest;
–in-arm touch screen video monitor;
–Neil Perry inspired menu with premium wines; and
— Pre-take off refreshments – Champagne, orange juice and water

“The new service also includes priority check-in, dedicated cabin crew, an additional hand baggage allowance, and priority boarding and disembarkation, amenities that long-haul passengers value and appreciate,” said Wally R. Mariani, Qantas Airways senior executive vice president, The Americas and Pacific. “During 2009, Premium Economy will be added on Qantas services from New York, San Francisco and Buenos Aires,” Mariani added.

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 destinations 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, please visit qantas.com/us.