Australia is a long haul. Even more reason to do it in luxury. In 2008, Qantas introduced the A380 plane to its fleet, making long haul luxury even more compelling. Here are five reasons why the A380s business class experience (currently available Sydney/Melbourne to Heathrow/LAX, or Sydney to Hong Kong) will improve your wellbeing: Reason 1: Express Path For most long haul flights, the trip starts with a long line up at customs. Not so for business flyers. On your departure from Sydney (or arrival in) youll receive the coveted pass to the Express Path, which allows the holder to take a short lane through immigration and (outbound) security. Of course, at the latter, theyre still scrutinising your stuff, but interestingly, they are doing it gently: bags are carefully arranged into a neat order, and are given back to you in a polite and friendly manner (which begs the question, why cant they do this in all security lanes?). Reason 2: Toasters Dont take it from me, this advice comes from one of Australias best known chefs, Neil Perry. The owner of the Rockpool empire has designed QANTASs first and business class menus, and when asked what the best part of the A380s is, he replied toasters. Why? Real toasters means are just part of a well thought out dining experience that delivers a restaurant-style experience to business class passengers. Expect dishes like pan fried salmon, rack of lamb or a mushroom ragout, with every menu highlighting the healthiest option for those watching their calories. To help make the long flight more restful, business class passengers can also order breakfast in advance, opt for a dine later option so you dont get woken up for meals, or, if hungry between meals make use of Perrys new toasters to order substantial snacks a like a toasted sourdough baguette with Roast Pork, apple, red cabbage and seeded mustard. If toasters dont rock your world, maybe coffee will: the A380 has espresso coffee machines onboard, so its real coffee. Reason 3: Flat beds While some of Qantass 747s have Sky Bed, every A380 in the fleet has this award winning, Marc Newson designed, feature. For business class and above, there are no contortions in flight (save that for a sunset yoga class at your destination). Instead, a push of a button reclines your chair until you are blissfully horizontal. When taking what can be a 15 hour plus journey, you cant beat getting horizontal, and its here that your business class fare really pays off. Reason 4: Massage while you work When getting on a long haul flight, theres plenty of time to knock off a spot of work, or clear a backload of emails. That is, if you have power. In seat power points provide business class (and above) passengers with their own power point so you can knock off any remaining work tasks before you land. (Remember, youll usually need a US adaptor to do this although the crew will usually be able to loan you one if you forget yours.) If youre flying the A380 and need a bit of gentle encouragement to work, just hit the massage button on your seat dials; a welcome kneading from the built in massage machine will quickly ease out any tension in your back. Reason 5: Sommeliers in the sky If massage, a flat bed and good food hasnt done it, then a glass of wine might just be the missing ingredient in helping you relax inflight. Qantas recently won big at Londons annual Cellars in the Sky awards with six ribbons under its belt, including the Best First Class Cellar and the Best Business Class Cellar (for the second year running). It youre unsure what to try, look for a staff member with a badge bearing grapes these crew members have been trained in the airlines Sommelier in the Sky program, and will be happy to talk wines from Australia and across the globe. Still not sure? Why not take a drop of the 2008 Mount Langi Ghiran Clifee Edge Shiraz, which won Qantas the Best Business Class Red at Cellars in the Sky. Sue White is Author of Yoga Holidays Worldwide. If you would like to be a guest blogger on A Luxury Travel Blog in order to raise your profile, please contact us.Theres no denying that for most of the worlds population, getting to and from
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