Qantas Unveils Revolutionary First and Business Cabins
In a ground-breaking move, Qantas has revealed the prototypes of its First and Business cabins, designed specifically for non-stop flights from Australia to New York and London. Set to debut in late 2025, these cabins mark a significant milestone in aviation history, combining cutting-edge technology, meticulous design, and scientific research to create a new era of travel.
Qantas’ commitment to passenger comfort and innovation shines through in the development of these flagship cabins. The company collaborated with a team of aviation specialists, Australian industrial design studio Caon Design, and scientists from the University of Sydney’s Charles Perkins Centre, including sleep scientists.
By prioritising ultra-long haul travel, Qantas has reimagined the cabin layout, configuring its 12 Airbus A350s to seat 238 passengers, offering an abundance of space and comfort compared to other carriers.
Qantas Group CEO Alan Joyce emphasises the airline’s dedication to pushing boundaries and delivering exceptional travel experiences.
He states, “We think our A350 cabins have the most sophisticated and thoughtful design of any airline, combining cutting-edge technology with sleep research to shape the look and feel for what is effectively a new era of travel.”
Let’s take a closer look at what awaits passengers in these revolutionary cabins:
Qantas’ First Suite offers an unparalleled experience akin to a boutique hotel room. Featuring an extra-wide fixed bed, a separate recliner chair, a personal wardrobe, a dining table for two, and a 32″ ultra-high definition TV, this spacious suite ensures ultimate luxury and relaxation.
Next Generation Business Suite
Qantas’ Business Suite provides a perfect blend of privacy, comfort, and functionality. Each Business Suite boasts direct aisle access, sliding doors for added privacy, a two-meter flat bed, generous storage including a large mirror, a cushioned leather ottoman, an 18″ ultra-high definition touch screen TV, a large dining table, and feature lighting.
Moreover, both First and Business cabins incorporate multiple personal device charging options, including wireless induction charging. Fast and free high-speed Wi-Fi, courtesy of Viasat, will be available throughout the A350 fleet, revolutionising connectivity for passengers. Additionally, Bluetooth connectivity will enable passengers to connect their own Bluetooth-enabled headsets to the in-flight entertainment system.
Renowned Australian designer David Caon played a pivotal role in creating an environment that promotes well-being and comfort within the First and Business suites. The meticulous attention to detail spans every aspect of the cabin, from tailored lighting programs that influence mood and sleep patterns to carefully selected fabrics. The goal is to significantly improve in-flight comfort, convenience, and health, ultimately minimising the effects of jetlag.
With a configuration of six First suites in a 1-1-1 layout and 52 Business Suites in a 1-2-1 configuration, the Qantas A350 ensures that each passenger enjoys an intimate and exclusive experience. Furthermore, the forthcoming unveiling of the Wellbeing Zone for all passengers, along with the Premium Economy and Economy cabins, promises to enhance the overall travel experience.
Qantas continues its legacy of pioneering aviation ‘firsts’ through its investment in new A350 aircraft and cutting-edge cabin design. As they prepare to launch non-stop flights from Australia to New York and London, Qantas reaffirms its commitment to connecting Australia with the rest of the world while prioritising passenger comfort and satisfaction.