Australia is blessed with a wide array of airline choices offering a desirable perks and award winning amenities to make every journey in the air as easy and comfortable as possible. Whether you’re a frequent flyer, or an occasional tourist, the services found on each of these airlines will make your next trip all the more enjoyable.
Air New Zealand
Whether you’re flying Trans-Tasman in Economy Class or going around the world in Business, Air New Zealand has a number of convenient perks for its flyers. Flying across the pond to New Zealand is all about choice. The fare you pay depends on the services you want. Purchase just a seat, which comes with one carry-on bag and complimentary tea, coffee and water, or pay for the Works Deluxe for a full service Economy product, including drinks and meals, baggage and more. Flying long-haul, Economy guests can pay for extra room and a Skycouch on Boeing 777 flights. This innovative product gives you all the room you need, at an Economy fare.
Etihad Airways has a number of perks to help make the trip less stressful. In Economy, guests traveling with small children can call upon the services of a specially trained onboard nanny. There to help get the kids settled in to their seats or tucked in for bed, the onboard nannies are available to lend a helping hand when needed. They even have a bag full of games and activities to help kids pass the time.
When you fly in Business or First Class with Emirates on their flagship Airbus A380s, enjoy exclusive access to an inflight cocktail bar and lounge where crew mix up cocktails and drinks throughout the flight. With room to both sit or stand and stretch your legs, it’s the ideal place to socialise with your fellow travel companions or meet new ones in a welcome change of scenery. Business and First Class guests on Emirates are also whisked to the airport by a personal chauffer. This complimentary service will drive you to and from the airport, as long as you’re within the mileage radius from your pick-up point and the airport. For Australia ports, the radius is between 40 and 60km depending on the city. This convenient service is available in over 70 cities worldwide.
Virgin Australia has just launched the latest innovation in Economy seating. The airline’s new extra legroom economy seats will be called ‘Economy Space +’ and will give guests an additional 2 to 3 inches of leg space. Space + guests will also be seated in the first 5 rows of Economy, which translates to a faster exit at the passenger’s destination. There are service enhancements that come with Space + too. Guests will enjoy a special check-in desk, dedicated cabin crew, first choice of meals and noise cancelling headsets. All this is available for a simple fee of between $135 and $165 per sector. Virgin Australia’s Space + is only available on the airlines Boeing 777-300ER aircraft which operate between Australia and Los Angeles and Abu Dhabi.
In these times of cutbacks and decreased service options, it’s comforting to know that some airlines are giving passengers more bang for their buck, even in Economy. Qantas, in conjunction with Neil Perry’s award winning restaurant, Rockpool, has revamped their entire Economy Class menu. Instead of shrinking meals, Qantas now offers more. Larger portions, higher quality and more choice. Wine and beer is even complimentary on most flights.
Singapore Airlines has unveiled its ‘New Economy Class’ product, giving passengers more space, greater comfort and a larger, touch screen monitor for on-demand entertainment. Additional space comes from thinner seats, but that doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice comfort in return. New seats come with padded cushioned headrests and backrests, as well as bolstered sides for greater stability. New touch screen monitors give passengers a thousand different entertainment options, all at the touch of – the screen. There’s even internet connectivity, text and multi-media messaging which allows you to keep in touch with family and friends during the flight. New Economy is currently available on the airline’s A350 and 777-300ER aircraft.
Join the Premium Economy Class movement for benefits that come a step between Economy and Business Class. Enjoy your own spacious and cosy cabin, more room between seats, headrests with 4-way movement and extra storage space close to hand. As well as dining on exquisite meals, you’ll have a separate cocktail table and larger-than-usual meal table, so both dining and working come easy. Add to that the dedicated check-in counters, increased baggage allowance and priority boarding at the gate, and it’s easy to see why Premium Economy is such a popular option.
Ride up the pointy end of the plane to experience the ‘World’s Best Business Class’ on Qatar Airways, as awarded in the 2016 Skytrax World Airline Awards. Enjoy an ultra-spacious cabin, up to 3,000 IFE entertainment options in high definition, delicious dine-on-demand cuisines, Giorgio Armarni toiletries and the famous hospitality Qatar is renowned for. When it’s time to rest, adjust your seat to a fully-flat bed at the push of a button and wake up ready to go at your destination.
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