Qantas begins a rolling upgrade to its overnight international business class flights today with the debut of the new 'sleep service' on the daily Sydney-Los Angeles flight (QF107/108).
The programme, which includes duvets and a special doze-inducing tea in an effort to help travellers sleep better, will then be extended to other overnight runs including Melbourne-Los Angeles flights as well as the long haul to London.
Flight attendants will place a mattress over the existing Skybed business class seats to provide a more cushioned surface which also removes any noticeable bumps from the fold-down seat in sleeper mode.
Travellers can also request a quilted duvet instead of a blanket.
To help nudge you into the land of nod, the crew will serve a 'wellbeing tea blend' designed to encourage sleep, from specialist teahouse T2.
Qantas says that on shorter night flights, an express breakfast service will "give customers even more sleep time."
Read: Six secrets of in-flight snooze in our regular business travel column for The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age
Supper before you snooze
The Select on Q – Eat ‘advance meal selection service’ which lets travellers choose their inflight meals before they even step on the plane, will also be extended beyond the supper selection on the current four trial flights from Los Angeles to Sydney, Brisbane or Melbourne (these are flights QF12, QF16, QF94 and QF108).
"We are looking to extend the trial to other international routes operated by Airbus 380, A330 and Boeing 747 aircraft" a Qantas spokesperson told Australian Business Traveller.
New amenity kits
Also being rolled into the upgrade: new mens and women's amenity kits. The pouch bags have been designed by Kate Spade New York and the brand's homme counterpart Jack Spade, with Malin+Goetz skin care products plus the usual eyemask, ear plugs, socks and "an environmentally friendly biodegradable toothbrush."
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