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Australian fashion, food and design feature on board upgraded qantas A380 fleet
Qantas expects to complete the refurbishment of all remaining 11 aircraft by the end of 2020.
All 12 of the national carrier’s A380 aircraft will be refurbished as part of a multimilliondollar upgrade, delivering higher levels of comfort and a higher number of premium seats. Qantas group CEO Alan Joyce said the upgrade would benefit customers in every cabin. Australian designer David Caon has transformed the aircraft’s upper deck lounge, which has been significantly expanded. It now features seating for 10 people on deep green leather couches and wood panelled walls. Customers will be able to order from a range of bespoke snacks and light meals to be enjoyed in the lounge. The Caon-designed Premium Economy seat, which made its debut on the Qantas Dreamliner fleet, also features as part of the upgrade. smarter use of space on the A380 has allowed Qantas to increase the number of Premium Economy seats from 35 to 60. The Qantas Business suite, dubbed “mini First” by the airline’s frequent flyers, has replaced the skybed and provides direct aisle access for every passenger. In total, there is a 27 per cent boost to premium seats, improving the economics of the aircraft and allowing Qantas to respond to growing demand on long-haul flights.
The airline has used the introduction of the upgraded A380 to roll out several improvements for passengers travelling in the airline’s First cabin including:
• A refresh of the First Suite with new contoured cushioning and higher resolution entertainment screen.
• Redesigned Martin Grant sleeper suit in dark charcoal with a henley neckline and burgundy trim introduced from November.
• New First amenity kits including socks made from bamboo cotton and new skin care products from Australian brand Lagaia Unedited.
• The Lagaia Unedited First amenities (launching onboard in November) that incorporate a Qantas-signature Australian native scent of lemon myrtle and geranium in a refreshing facial mist, accompanied by a moisturiser and lip balm. Lagaia Unedited products will be stocked in the First lavatories. From late November, Lagaia Unedited will move into Qantas’ sydney and melbourne First Lounge spa facilities.
Qantas chef Neil Perry and his Rockpool team have created a menu of snacks and light meals to be enjoyed by First and Business Class customers in the redesigned upper deck lounge.
Passengers will be able to chose from dishes including dry laska goreng with fishcakes and seared prawns to mushroom arancini in a tomato ragu as part of custom-designed menus for each route.
The lounge also features a new self service bar, while customers will also be able to order signature cocktails including an Australian Negroni with mountain pepper and river mint as well as the Qantas signature gin and tonic with pink grapefruit.
Qantas’ A380s will also feature a larger dedicated Premium Economy cabin including a self-service bar.
The capacity of Qantas A380s after the upgrade will be: 14 First suites (unchanged), 70 Business suites (up by six), 60 Premium Economy (up by 25) and 341 Economy (down by 30) for a total of 485 passengers (up by one).
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