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Qantas Unveils New York-bound Jetliners, Designer Sleepwear, and Gourmet In-Flight Cuisine

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New York-Bound: Qantas Unveils Latest Aircraft

Get ready, New York! Qantas is making a grand comeback with its first flight since 2020, boasting a shiny new fleet of Boeing 787 Dreamliners and an array of unique onboard treats for travelers. 

Starting June 14, Qantas will be your chariot from Sydney to New York three times a week, adding a fourth weekly flight in October. Buckle up for a brand-new journey, transiting through Auckland before embarking on a 17+ hour non-stop flight to the Big Apple. Say goodbye to the old route via Los Angeles! 

This exciting revival of the New York route brings Qantas one step closer to their goal of restoring their pre-COVID international network to full capacity by March 2024. 

Markus Svensson, Qantas Group Chief Customer Officer, knows that New Yorkers hold a special place in the hearts of Australian travelers, whether they’re jetting off for business or pleasure. That’s why the airline is pulling out all the stops to celebrate their triumphant return to the city that never sleeps. Speaking of sleep… 

Qantas New-York themed amenities by Australian designer Rebecca Vallance.
Exclusive Qantas PJs and amenity kits by renowned Australian designer Rebecca Vallance. Source: Qantas

Qantas Raises the Bar for In-Flight Comfort with Designer PJs

Exclusive Qantas PJs and amenity kits by renowned Australian designer Rebecca Vallance

Qantas is stepping up the luxury for business class travelers on their New York flights. For a limited period, guests will be treated to an exclusive navy sleeper suit adorned with the signature Qantas “Roo” and Rebecca Vallance logos, marking the flight numbers QF3 and QF4, and a special New York heart design. 

“Who doesn’t love a good set of PJs?” Svensson quipped. “At Qantas, we’re one of the few airlines to offer complimentary pajamas to our Business Class passengers. And to make your journey even cozier, we’re launching a limited edition pajama and amenity kit range in collaboration with renowned Australian fashion designer Rebecca Vallance.”

Travelers will also be gifted a unique Rebecca Vallance amenity kit, replacing the usual Koskela kit and featuring a matching eye shade. 

For those who want to take a piece of this luxury home, a limited number of these collectible PJ and amenity kit sets are available on the Qantas Marketplace. You can grab yours for $69 or 12,000 Qantas Points (plus delivery). 

Top Design for In-Flight Rest

Rebecca Vallance expressed her excitement over this unique collaboration that combines her love of travel and fashion. The sophistication and style of New York inspire the one-off Qantas design. 

“Partnering with Qantas, an iconic Australian brand, is a real honor. New York has always been a second home to me. I’m thrilled to provide travelers with keepsake PJs and amenity kits that will enhance their journey and can be enjoyed long after they’ve touched down,” Vallance said. 

The bespoke design is a tribute to one of the world’s most vibrant cities, drawing inspiration from Vallance’s latest collection, ‘Avenue Astoria.’ 

As a part of this collaboration, Vallance has also crafted two one-of-a-kind couture gowns featuring metallic Italian fabric and Art Deco-inspired patterns. Qantas Frequent Flyers who purchase a Rebecca Vallance design can win these designer dresses and a personalized fitting session. 

Qantas has a history of partnering with top-notch Australian and international designers, such as Peter Morrissey and Martin Grant, for exclusive pajamas. 

Notable designers and artists, including Marc Newson, Kate Spade, Koskela, and various Australian photographers and First Nations artists, have created amenity kit designs. The new amenity kits include a range of skincare products from Li’Tya.

Qantas’ New Menu: A Gastronomical Delight for Passengers

Neil Perry, Qantas’ maestro of Food, Beverage, and Service, has whipped up a medley of New York-inspired dishes that will take flight with the launch of the new route. This lip-smacking menu is an extension of Qantas’ recently revamped culinary offering

New York-themed gourmet dining by Neil Perry on the Qantas in-flight menu on flights to New York.
New York-themed gourmet dining by Neil Perry on the Qantas in-flight menu on flights to New York. Source: Qantas

New York Cuisine Takes Flight with Neil Perry 

“As a city renowned for its culinary prowess, New York is a treasure trove of diverse food experiences. From its irresistible street food to the hallowed halls of its Michelin-starred restaurants, it’s a gastronomer’s paradise. We’re thrilled to infuse our in-flight menu with this essence, using top-notch Australian produce to add our unique spin,” said Mr. Perry. 

“Whether it’s a Reuben sandwich or a classic hot dog, New York style spaghetti and meatballs or General Tso chicken, New York’s distinct culinary identity is a melting pot of flavors. We’re incredibly excited to bring these tastes to our passengers, enhancing their in-flight dining experience,” he added.

Qantas First Lounges in Sydney and Melbourne, along with the Auckland International Lounge, are giving a taste of the Big Apple for the month of June. A daily special inspired by New York’s diverse culinary scene will grace the menu. And to top it off, patrons can toast to their upcoming travels with a Manhattan Spritz or Garibaldi cocktail, two classic beverages straight from NYC’s vibrant bar culture.

Soaring to New Heights with New Aircraft in New York

Qantas is upping the ante with state-of-the-art aircraft for its New York flights. The new Boeing 787 Dreamliner airliner is reopening one-stop routes. In late 2025, Qantas will operate the Airbus A350-1000 on Project Sunrise non-stop flights to New York and London.  Both aircraft offer optimized long-range capabilities and superior passenger comfort. These changes are set to revolutionize how competing airlines fly to the Big Apple. 

So pack your bags, strap in, and get ready to experience Qantas like you’ve never seen it before. New York, here we come!


Just the Facts

  • Flight Routes
    • QF4 New York – Auckland
      • Departs: 1930
      • Arrives: 0500+2
      • Service Days: Wed, Fri, Sun
    • QF4 Auckland – Sydney
      • Departs: 0630
      • Arrives: 0840
      • Service Days: Mon, Thu, Sat
    • QF3 Sydney – Auckland
      • Departs: 0940
      • Arrives: 1445
      • Service Days: Wed, Fri, Sun
    • QF3 Auckland – New York
      • Departs: 1635
      • Arrives: 1650
      • Service Days: Wed, Fri, Sun
  • JFK-AKL-SYD Travel distance: 10,132 miles.
  • Qantas’ Boeing 787 Dreamliner carries 236 passengers across Business, Premium Economy, and Economy cabins in a layout designed to maximize comfort for longer distances.
  • 42 Business suites in a 1-2-1 configuration with a fully-flat bed and direct aisle access
  • 28 Premium Economy seats in a 2-3-2 configuration
  • 166 Economy seats in a 3-3-3 configuration
  • New York-inspired menu items across QF3, QF4 premium cabins
    • New York-style spaghetti and meatballs
    • Classic Reuben sandwich
    • NY bagel with lox, cream cheese, capers, and lemon
    • General Tso chicken with smashed cucumber salad, steamed rice, and broccolini.
    • Classic beef hot dog with sauerkraut and spicy brown mustard
    • Seared beef fillet with creamed spinach and baked potato with sour cream and chives
    • Pecan pie with crème fraiche
    • New York-style baked cheesecake with blueberry compote

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