Fresh approach for Qantas

QANTAS’ new Perth-London Dreamliner flights have prompted the airline to take a fresh approach to long-haul travel.

The carrier partnered with the University of Sydney’s Charles Perkins Centre to introduce a range of initiatives to improve the health and wellness of its travellers. This includes a new transit lounge at Perth Airport, where passengers can benefit from stretching classes, jetlag-reducing lights and an outdoor terrace.

The lounge has 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.

The partnership marks the first integrated, multidisciplinary collaboration between an airline and a university around health pre-, during and post-flight.

Other wellness-boosting initiatives include tailoring the menus for the flights to maintain hydration, aid sleep and reduce jetlag.

Qantas has also considered the timing of the food and drinks service en route, cabin lighting and temperature in the 787.