27 OCTOBER 2014

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Article from BTNews 27 OCTOBER 2014

Reclining seat take-off Qantas version

Qantas customers are set to enjoy a new standard of luxury on international flights to Asia, Hawaii and key domestic routes, with the airline unveiling the final design of new Business Suites to feature on its A330 fleet, to be progressively introduced from later this year.

Designed in collaboration with Marc Newson, the new Business Suite will be available on all 28 of Qantas’ A330 aircraft, offering the world’s first seats to allow customers to recline in their seat from take-off through to landing.  The Suites also offer fully-flat beds and direct aisle access for every Business Class passenger in a 1-2-1 layout.  It still has to be finally signed off by the Australian Civil Aviation Authority.

The Vantage XL seat, manufactured by Thompson Aero Seating, was developed and customised extensively by Qantas after ergonomic trials and inflight monitoring with a panel of experts and ongoing feedback from customers.

“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,” said Qantas Group Chief Executive Officer Alan Joyce.   www.qantas.com

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