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In it for the long-haul

In it for the long-haul

April Hutchinson, ttgluxury editor, finds the Dreamliner comes into its own on QF10


“I knew I should have had more sleep the night before in preparation for a 17-hour night flight, but I hadn’t, so I boarded QF10, Qantas’s new service, carrying a bit of a snooze deficit – once wheels were up and we were in the air, I was soon nodding off.


I poked around the aircraft before the other passengers boarded, including premium economy with its sleek charcoal grey tones, handy “glovebox” storage area, and seat which pivets from higher up, thus enabling a full recline into a “z” position. In economy, there are far fewer seats than you would expect.


Qantas claims it is the first Dreamliner customer to take full advantage of the lighting capabilities in the aircraft based on scientific research, including lighting that phases in and out to simulate dawn and sunset, while cooler blue tones, are used to aid waking in the morning. In addition, 30% bigger windows let in more natural light.


The flying experience is undeniably better because of lower air pressure: most aircraft have cabin air pressure equivalent to that of an altitude of 8,000ft but Boeing cut that down to 6,000ft, closer to conditions on the ground. There’s also greater humidity, which is better for your skin and respiratory system. I felt much less dehydrated and groggy than usual. Temperature is also carefully controlled.


So – did 17 hours fly by? Yes – in business class. In economy, the onus would still be on the passenger to stay mobile, drink water and eat healthily.”

Sleeping all the way to Oz

Sleeping all the way to Oz

Andrew Myles, team supervisor at Hillgate Travel, discovered just three nights before departure that he had won a place on the inaugural service


“I felt completely normal on this flight – and slept pretty much all the way.


There seemed to be lots more healthy options to eat and smaller portions – people often eat too much on a flight when they don’t need to. I drank heaps of water the day before – usually I’m quite prepared for a long-haul flight anyway in economy, taking a full-size pillow and pyjamas, but I didn’t have to do that this time, as I was in business class. I was at the airport earlier to make the most of the lounge too – it was beautiful.


There has been a lot of social media around this launch which is great, and I will do a review for our newsletter that goes out to all the team, but I think it’s important also now for Qantas to continue to push this out. I loved the direct flight – but what I’m more excited about is people having a choice, as some people like to get the big, longer flight to Australia out of the way first, rather than fly through the Middle East for example, so it gives Qantas the edge.”

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