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Qantas to Restart New York Flights With New Aircraft, New Menu Items and More

For the first time since 2020, Qantas will restart service between Sydney and New York. The route will be operated with a brand new Boeing 787 Dreamliner, and guests will enjoy a new menu and a range of special onboard amenities.

Qantas Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner - Courtesy Qantas

On Wednesday (May 31, 2023), Qantas announced the restart of service between Sydney and New York for the first time since 2020. From June 14, 2023, the carrier will offer three weekly flights on the route with a brand new Boeing 787 Dreamliner, with frequencies increasing to four times weekly from October. The route will transit through Auckland before the 17+ hour direct flight to New York. Previously the flight operated via Los Angeles. With the relaunch, Qantas draws closer to restoring 100 percent of their pre-pandemic capacity, which should be accomplished by March 2024. Concurrent with the restart of service to New York, the carrier is also introducing a new menu as well as new pyjamas and amenity kits.

In Wednesday’s announcement, Qantas’ Chief Customer Officer, Markus Svensson, said,

“Qantas is one of the few airlines in the world to provide Business Class passengers with complimentary pyjamas, and we’re excited to launch a limited edition pyjama and amenity kit range in partnership with leading Australian fashion designer Rebecca Vallance.”

For a limited time, Business Class guests on the New York route will receive a navy sleeper suit featuring a monogram of the Qantas ‘Roo’ and Rebecca Vallance logo, incorporating the flight numbers QF3 and QF4 and a bespoke New York heart design. Business Class guests will also be offered a bespoke amenity kit created by Rebecca Vallance, with a matching eyeshade, instead of the Koskela amenity being rolled out across Qantas’ international Network.

For a Limited Time, Qantas Business Class Guests Traveling to New York Will Receive New Designer PJs and an Amenity Kit Custom Created by Rebecca Vallance - Courtesy Qantas

Commenting on her design collaboration with Qantas, Rebecca Vallance, said,

“It’s an honour to partner with the iconic Australian brand that is Qantas. New York has always felt like a second home to me, and I’m so proud to be working with the national carrier to offer travellers some keepsake PJ’s and amenity kits to enjoy long after they have landed. We curated the bespoke Rebecca Vallance design as an homage to one of the world’s most vibrant and exciting cities, with inspiration from our latest collection ‘Avenue Astoria’.”

Qantas’ Creative Director – Food, Beverage and Service, Neal Perry has also created a range of New York inspired dishes that will be added to the inflight menu.

Speaking on the expanded inflight menu, Mr. Perry said,

“New York is one of the culinary capitals of the world, from its much-loved street food to its internationally revered fine dining Michelin starred restaurants. We are using some amazing Australian produce to put our own spin on some of New York’s most famous food experiences. From a Reuben sandwich and a classic hot dog to New York style spaghetti and meatballs and General Tso chicken, New York does food its own way and the result is a melting pot of amazing flavours which we are excited to incorporate across our menus.”

Additionally, the Qantas First Lounges in Sydney and Melbourne, along with the Auckland International Lounge, will feature a New York inspired dish of the day during June, along with Manhattan Spritz and Garibaldi cocktails.

Source: Qantas


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