SYDNEY – January 14, 2014: Qantas has today been recognized as having the world’s best lounges and Economy class cabins, across both its domestic and international networks.
AirlineRatings.com’s review of over 450 international airlines across the globe awarded Qantas ‘Best Economy’ and ‘Best Lounge’ offerings in addition to placing the national carrier in its top five list of all world airlines.
Qantas Domestic CEO, Lyell Strambi, said it was great to see Qantas’ strong product and service offering acknowledged within the industry.
“We are delighted to be recognized for the ‘Best Economy’ and ‘Best Lounge’ categories in addition to our placement amongst the world’s top airlines,” said Mr. Strambi.
“Awards like this, in combination with the feedback we get directly from our customers, are a credit to the dedicated team who work tirelessly to ensure the best travel experience possible – on the ground and in the air.”
Qantas International CEO, Simon Hickey, welcomed the recognition of the airline’s international Economy class product in what was a particularly competitive part of the market.
“Economy class is where the majority of airline passengers sit, and in the case of international routes, they can be on board for upwards of eight hours,” said Mr. Hickey.
“We have put a lot of effort into maximizing the comfort and space of our Economy cabins, particularly on our A380 and reconfigured B747s, and backing that up with great service.”
AirlineRatings.com singled out Qantas’ domestic economy product for special praise, saying: “We found that there is absolutely no doubt that it is world’s best – and by a wide margin. Qantas’ lounges have become an Australian air travel institution and the airline’s overseas offerings are an industry benchmark.”
About Qantas Airways
Qantas is the only airline offering A380 service from the U.S. on select non-stop flights from Los Angeles to Sydney and to Melbourne. The Qantas A380 features aircraft interiors designed by internationally renowned industrial designer and Qantas Creative Director Marc Newson. Qantas has also introduced refurbished interiors on selected Boeing 747-400 aircraft (B747) offering more customers a premium flying experience, including state-of-the-art Airbus A380-style seats and in-flight entertainment units. Providing 37 flights per week from the U.S., Qantas offers 34 nonstop flights from Los Angeles (to Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane), daily flights from Dallas/Fort Worth to Brisbane/Sydney, daily services from JFK via Los Angeles and three services per week from Honolulu to Sydney.
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