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QANTAS’ new Perth Lounge tries to reduce jet lag

QANTAS Airways has made this announcement:

Qantas customers will benefit from stretching classes, jetlag-reducing lights and an outdoor terrace in the airline’s new transit lounge at Perth Airport as part of the airline’s new approach at improving health and comfort.

The Perth International Transit Lounge was unveiled ahead of the inaugural Perth to London Dreamliner service. It has been designed by Australian Industrial designer David Caon and SUMU design, in consultation with the University of Sydney’s Charles Perkins Centre using an evidence-based approach to wellness.

The lounge offers a range of unique features including ‘light therapy’ in the shower suites to help adjust the body clock, a wellbeing studio with stretching classes and a refresh area providing hydrating face products. Customers can dine in an open-air terrace with a BBQ serving gourmet dishes by Neil Perry.

Qantas Head of Customer Product & Service, Philip Capps, said an emphasis on wellness in the lounge design was a whole new approach to long-haul travel.

“We’ve brought together some of Australia’s best culinary, design and scientific minds to create a lounge experience that will help set our customers up to feel better throughout their journey,” said Mr Capps.

“This sophisticated lounge is the ideal space for customers to unwind in between flights. The design reflects the natural beauty of the WA landscape through natural light and colour choices, and offers some of the best local food and wine.”

Charles Perkins Centre Professor of Sleep Medicine, Peter Cistulli, said the overarching goal was to enhance the passenger travel experience and optimise wellbeing.

“We’ve worked with the University of Sydney’s School of Physics to create an airline-first bespoke body clock intervention using bright light to help kick start the adjustment of customers’ body clocks. Applying light at appropriate times helps reduce the effects of jet lag,” Professor Cistulli said.

“The lounge is just one aspect of our partnership with Qantas to improve the wellbeing of travellers. We’ve also worked together to influence the menu and timing of the food and drinks service on the Perth to London route, cabin lighting design and temperature in the 787 and we are interested in seeing how customers will respond.”

A summary of the lounge features is below.

  • Seating for 141 customers
  • Multiple USB and charging ports, wireless printing, Wi-Fi and TV screens
  • 15 shower suites
  • Sofitel service

Design

  • Designed in collaboration between SUMU Design and lead designer of the Qantas 787 Dreamliner interiors, David Caon
  • The interior is spacious and modern, and the neutral colour palette is inspired by the white sands of the WA coastline
  • The unique curved ceiling promotes the infiltration of natural light.

Dining

  • Seasonal menus by Neil Perry from Rockpool
  • Outdoor BBQ with chefs cooking gourmet sausages from local Perth butcher Princi Smallgoods, and vegetables such as grilled mushrooms and corn on the cob
  • Premium hot and cold buffet serving light dishes including soups with homemade damper, healthy salad bowls, crudité and dips
  • Full service bar with premium wine and beer from Australia, including the Margaret River region
  • Hydration station – Quench – serving drinks including fruit-infused water, sparkling water and tisane (herbal tea)
  • Barista coffee.

Wellness

  • The bathrooms feature ‘light therapy’ in the shower suites to help adjust the body clock – customers can activate bright light via a switch for 15 minute sessions. The light therapy is intended to accelerate the adjustment of the body clock to the destination time zone, increase alertness and combat the effects of jetlag
  • A wellbeing studio offering stretching and breathing classes focusing on mindfulness and getting the body moving. They will be held every 15 minutes pre and post flight with a yoga teacher from Perth’s leading eco-luxe day spa group, Bodhi J Wellness Spa Retreats
  • Classes will be based on customers’ needs such as calming and grounding sequences for those departing on the flight to London and stretches to loosen and invigorate muscles for those arriving in Perth.
  • A refresh area with luxury Aurora Spa products specially made for Qantas including a face cleanser, hydrating face mist and moisturiser
  • Outdoor open-air terrace with natural light, boosting vitamin D and aiding sleep.

The Perth International Transit Lounge is located in the new T3/T4 integrated domestic and international passenger hub at Perth Airport. The international wing features a streamlined immigration and customs area, a large outdoor deck with alfresco seating, food and beverage outlets and a Duty Free store.

The lounge is open to customers transiting in Perth when travelling on QF9 from Melbourne to London and QF10 from London to Melbourne. It is also open to customers beginning their journey in Perth to London. Eligible customers include customers travelling in Business, Gold, Platinum and Platinum One Frequent Flyers, oneworld Emerald and Sapphire customers and Qantas Club members and their guests.

The University of Sydney’s Charles Perkins Centre is working with Qantas to help develop the airline’s new approach to long-haul travel. This is the first integrated, multidisciplinary collaboration between an airline and a university around health pre, during and post flight. The Centre brings together researchers across a variety of fields from nutrition to physical activity, sleep and complex systems modelling.

The inaugural Qantas 787 Dreamliner from Perth to London will depart at 6:50pm WST on 24 March. The Qantas Dreamliner seats 236 passengers in a three-class cabin with 42 Business Suites, 28 Premium Economy and 166 seats in Economy.

All photos by QANTAS.

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QANTAS to fly nonstop from Perth to London

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QANTAS Airways is set to add to its list of aviation firsts, with the national carrier confirming it will operate nonstop flights from Perth to London using the Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner.

The 14,498 kilometer service will be the first regular passenger service to directly link Australia with Europe when it begins in March 2018.

QANTAS Group CEO Alan Joyce said the history-making route would be a watershed for travel, tourism and trade.

“When QANTAS created the Kangaroo Route to London in 1947, it took four days and nine stops. Now it will take just 17 hours from Perth nonstop.

 

The new flight will operate through QANTAS’ existing domestic terminals (T3/4), which will be upgraded to accommodate international flights. The airline’s current international services from Perth (to Singapore and to Auckland) will also move to this terminal, helping to simplify the journey for thousands of people every year. QANTAS will move its operations to an expanded Terminal 1 at Perth Airport by 2025, pending a commercial agreement.

Seats on the Perth-London flights will go on sale in April 2017 for the first services in March 2018. The Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners used on the route will carry 236 passengers across Business, Premium Economy and Economy cabins.

FAST FACTS – PERTH TO LONDON:

The 14,498 km flight will take approximately 17 hours (slightly more or less depending on winds).

When it launches, is expected to be the third-longest passenger flight in the world.

Longest flight on the QANTAS network, followed by our non-stop A380 Sydney-Dallas service (13,730km).

Will be the longest Boeing Dreamliner flight in the world.

The first regular passenger service from Australia to Europe adds to QANTAS’ list of flying firsts, including:

  • First passenger jet services across the Pacific in 1959 with a B707.
  • First (and only) non-stop passenger flight from London to Sydney in 1989 with a B747-400.
  • First to operate the world’s largest passenger aircraft (A380) on the world’s longest route (Sydney-Dallas) in 2014.

Perth was also used as a stopover on flights to London between the 1940s and 1960s.

In 2015, QANTAS operated a one-off Boeing 747-400 charter flight from Perth to Istanbul to take Australians to the Centenary of Anzac at Gallipoli – the last time the national carrier flew from Australia to Europe non-stop.

Image: QANTAS Airways.

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QANTAS Airways restores the Perth-Singapore route

QANTAS Airways (Sydney) today (June 26) restored the Perth-Singapore route.

Flight QF71 departed this afternoon from Perth bound for Singapore, one of five return services that QANTAS will operate each week with its Boeing 737-800 aircraft. With a flying time of just over 5 hours, the flight is scheduled to land at 5.20 pm.

In other news, The QANTAS Group issued this statement concerning the rejection of the Jetstar Hong Kong application:

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The QANTAS Group will work with its fellow shareholders in Jetstar Hong Kong to review the enterprise, following the Air Transport Licensing Authority’s decision to reject the local carrier’s application to establish an operation in Hong Kong.

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Jetstar Hong Kong – a joint venture between Shun Tak Holdings Limited, China Eastern Airlines and the QANTAS Group – was announced in March 2012. Each partner holds a one-third economic share while the Hong Kong based Shun Tak Holdings has 51 per cent of the voting rights and ultimate control. Seventy percent of the board is from Hong Kong.

At December 31, 2014, the QANTAS Group investment in Jetstar Hong Kong was carried at $10 million.

The low cost carrier’s application for a licence to operate scheduled air services has been under consideration by the local licensing authority for over two years.

Expressing disappointment at the decision, CEO of the QANTAS Group Alan Joyce said: “This is as disappointing for the shareholders as it is for the travellers that Jetstar Hong Kong planned to serve.

“It’s the travelling public who have lost out, because the message from this decision is that Hong Kong appears closed to fresh aviation investment even when it is majority locally owned and controlled.

“At a time when aviation markets across Asia are opening up, Hong Kong is going in the opposite direction. Given the importance of aviation to global commerce, shutting the door to new competition can only serve the vested interests already installed in that market.”

Copyright Photo: Steve Bailey/AirlinersGallery.com. “RetroRoo”, the pictured Boeing 737-838 VH-XZP (msn 44577) in the retro 1971 livery, reopened the route.

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Scoot revises its inaugural plans for the first Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner

Scoot (Singapore) has once again revised its inaugural Boeing 787-9 service. The airline will now introduce the new type on February 5 between Singapore and Perth followed by Singapore – Hong Kong the following day pending the first delivery from Boeing (the pictured 9V-OJA) this coming week. The company is planning to replace its six Boeing 777-200 ERs with the new 787s by September.

Copyright Photo: Joe G. Walker/AirlinersGallery.com. The first Scoot 787-9, registered as 9V-OJA (msn 37112), approaches the runway at Paine Field on January 19. The new aircraft is named “Dream Start”. It has been performing crew training flights during January..

Video: The first Scoot 787-9 performs high speed tests at Paine Field near Everett.

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Scoot will now introduce the new Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner on February 1

Scoot (Singapore) is now planning to introduce the new Boeing 787-9 on February 1 to both Hong Kong and Perth from Singapore. The inaugural has been delayed twice due to delivery delays at Boeing.

Copyright Photo: Royal S. King/AirlinersGallery.com. The first 787, Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner 9V-OJA (msn 37112), is pictured yesterday undergoing pre-delivery testing at Paine Field near Everett.

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Emirates to bring the Airbus A380 to Perth, Western Australia

Emirates (Dubai) is bringing the Airbus A380 to Perth, Australia for the first time, commencing on May 1, 2015. The airline has announced that it will up-gauge one of its three daily services between Dubai and Perth to its flagship aircraft, demonstrating the growth of Perth as a global destination.

The change from a Boeing 777-300 ER aircraft will see an increase in capacity of 136 seats per flight and 1,904 seats per week, reinforcing Emirates’ commitment to business and leisure passengers visiting the capital city of Western Australia.

Emirates’ A380 program has seen 12 new double-decker aircraft join the fleet and launch to ten new A380 destinations in the past 12 months; Barcelona, London (Gatwick), Zurich, Mumbai, Frankfurt, Dallas/Fort Worth, Kuwait City, San Francisco, Milan and Houston (Bush Intercontinental). Glasgow, Manila, Tehran and Vienna have also experienced the flagship Emirates aircraft when it touched down on their tarmac for a one off showcase in 2014.

The Emirates A380 is set in a three-class configuration, with 401 seats in Economy Class on the main deck, 76 fully flat-bed, mini-pods in Business Class and 14 First Class Private Suites on the upper deck.

Emirates’ Perth Airbus A380 service will operate daily as EK 420 departing Dubai at 0255 and arriving at Perth International Airport at 1735 the same day. The return flight, EK 421, will depart Perth at 2210 and arrives in Dubai the following day at 0525, a flying time of 11 hours 15 minutes.

Copyright Photo: SPA/AirlinersGallery.com. Airbus A380-861 A6-EDT (msn 090) departs from London (Heathrow).

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Scoot to operate Boeing 787s to Melbourne, will now inaugurate Boeing 787-9 service on January 16

Scoot (Singapore) has announced it will start a new route on November 1, 2015 from Singapore to Melbourne, Australia. The new route will be operated five days a week with the new Boeing 787-9s.

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Scoot is now planning to inaugurate Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner service on January 16, 2015 on the Singapore-Perth route.

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Photo: Boeing. The first Scoot Boeing 787-9 is the pictured 9V-OJA (msn 37112) due to imminent delivery. The 787-9s will replace the existing Boeing 777-200 ERs.

On October 24, 2012 it was announced Scoot, the long-haul low-cost subsidiary of Singapore Airlines, agreed to acquire twenty Boeing 787 aircraft for delivery commencing in late 2014.

The twenty fuel-efficient aircraft will be used to replace Scoot’s Boeing 777-200 fleet and facilitate the airline’s ongoing expansion.

Scoot’s 787s will sport a brand new interior as well as the 787’s enlarged windows and unique interior climatic system for a superior level of comfort.

The 20 aircraft were originally ordered by parent company Singapore Airlines. Selection of engines to power the fleet will be made at a later date.

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QANTAS Airways Airbus A380 VH-OQG diverts to Perth due to an “air conditioning” problem, another A380 returns to Sydney

QANTAS Airways (Sydney) flight QF 2 from London (departing on December 6) to Sydney with a stop in Dubai with Airbus A380-842 VH-OQG (msn 047) was forced to make an emergency “controlled descent” this morning (December 8) over the Indian Ocean. The flight descended from 39,000 feet to 10,000 fleet. The A380 landed safely in Perth in Western Australia. QANTAS blamed the problem on a faulty air conditioning system.

QANTAS Airways issued this statement:

QANTAS Flight QF 2 travelling from Dubai to Sydney diverted to Perth due to a fault with the air conditioning. The fault occurred about 1 hour from Perth.

As a precaution the Captain descended the aircraft to 10,000 feet and requested a priority landing.

The aircraft landed safely and was inspected by engineers.

As the crew reached their maximum duty limits before the issue could be fixed on the ground, customers have been provided with overnight accommodation and will be booked on the next available services today to their destination.

Read the full story from The Sydney Morning Herald: CLICK HERE

In another inflight event, also involving an Airbus A380 (VH-OQD), flight QF 7 from Sydney to Dallas/Fort Worth was forced to turn around four hours into the flight. The airline issued this statement:

Our Sydney to Dallas flight (QF 7) returned to Sydney after about four hours in the air due to a technical issue that impacted seat power, the in-flight entertainment system and some of the toilets.

While the aircraft could have continued flying safely to Dallas/Fort Worth, the decision was made to return to Sydney in the interests of passenger comfort on what is a long flight.

We’ve sincerely apologized to our customers for their patience and understanding for what was a frustrating experience.

Customers who don’t live in Sydney have been put up in hotels for the night and all others given transport home. We’ve rebooked customers on another flight to Dallas/Fort Worth leaving tomorrow morning.

The aircraft was an Airbus A380 and it landed back in Sydney at 1030 pm (2230).

Copyright Photo: SPA/AirlinersGallery.com. VH-OQG departs from London (Heathrow).

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Air New Zealand revises its inaugural Boeing 787-9 routes to Tokyo and Shanghai

Air New Zealand (Auckland) is now planning to introduce the new Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner on the Auckland-Tokyo (Narita) route on November 14, 2014 according to Airline Route. The new type will also be introduced on the Auckland-Shanghai (Pudong) route starting on November 30.

The initial inaugural route of Boeing 787-9 service remains the Auckland-Perth route effective on October 15. All schedules are subject to change pending certificate and delivery of the new type.

In other news, Air New Zealand welcomed the decision, which is the first of two regulatory approvals required, from the Competition Commission of Singapore concerning the proposed alliance between Air New Zealand and Singapore Airlines (Singapore). The alliance is also subject to the approval of the New Zealand Minister of Transport.

The Competition Commission of Singapore has found that any competition concerns associated with the proposed alliance are outweighed by the net economic benefits to Singapore.

Copyright Photo: Bernie Leighton/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 787-9 ZK-NZE (msn 34334) is pictured at Paine Field near Everett, Washington fresh out of the paint shop (see video below).

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Video: The painting of the first ANZ Boeing 787-9:

 

Australian Angus Houston: “I’m now optimistic that we will find the aircraft, or what is left of the aircraft, in the not too distant future.”

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According to Reuters, Australian officials today (April 9) reported “two new “ping” signals” had been detected in the search for Malaysia Airlines (Kuala Lumpur) missing flight MH 370, boosting confidence after more than a month of searching for the missing Boeing 777-2H6 ER 9M-MRO (msn 28420) with 239 souls on board.

According to Reuters, “The signals, which could be from the plane’s black box recorders, bring to four the number of overall “pings” detected in recent days within the search area by a U.S. Navy “Towed Pinger Locator”(TPL).”

Angus Houston, head of the Australian agency coordinating the search, said “I’m now optimistic that we will find the aircraft, or what is left of the aircraft, in the not too distant future.”

Read the full report: CLICK HERE

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The Joint Agency Coordination Centre today issued this statement:

Up to 11 military aircraft, four civil aircraft and 14 ships will assist in today’s search for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370.

Today AMSA has planned a search area of about 75,423 square kilometres.

The centre of the search area is approximately 2261 kilometres north west of Perth.

A weak front is moving in from the south east, expected to bring scattered showers.

The underwater search continues today, with ADV Ocean Shield at the northern end of the defined search area, and Chinese ship Haixun 01 and HMS Echo at the southern end.

The Australian Transport Safety Bureau continues to refine the area where the aircraft entered the water based on continuing ground-breaking and multi-disciplinary technical analysis of satellite communication and aircraft performance, passed from the international air crash investigative team comprising analysts from Malaysia, the United States, the UK, China and Australia.

Top Map: AMSA. The top map shows today’s search area and also the location of the areas where the pings were heard by the Australian ship ADV Ocean Shield on April 6 and the Chinese ship Hai Xun on April 5.

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Bottom Map: AMS. A close-up map of the pinger locations found by ADV Ocean Shield.

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