Elevating business travel: Qantas restarts flights to New York with premium onboard offerings

Qantas resumes flights to New York, offering exclusive amenities and a New York-inspired menu to enhance the business travel experience.

Qantas has announced the long-awaited restart of its flights to New York after a temporary hiatus since 2020.

In preparation for this significant milestone, the airline has acquired state-of-the-art 787 Dreamliner aircraft to operate the route and has introduced a range of exclusive onboard customer items to enhance the travel experience.

Starting on 14 June, Qantas will initially operate three weekly flights from Sydney to New York, with plans to increase the frequency to four flights per week starting in October. This newly revamped route will feature a transit through Auckland, a first for Qantas, before embarking on a non-stop 17+ hour journey to the bustling metropolis of New York. Previously, the flight had a layover in Los Angeles.

The reintroduction of the New York flights is a significant step towards Qantas’ goal of restoring its international network to pre-Covid capacity by March 2024.

Pyjamas: bespoke designs from Rebecca Vallance

Markus Svensson, Qantas Group Chief Customer Officer, acknowledged New York’s popularity among Australian travellers, both for leisure and business purposes. To celebrate Qantas’ return to the city, the airline is launching several customer initiatives.

Markus Svensson said,

Qantas is one of the few airlines in the world to provide Business Class passengers with complimentary pyjamas, and we’re excited to launch a limited edition pyjama and amenity kit range in partnership with leading Australian fashion designer Rebecca Vallance.

One of the notable offerings exclusively for Qantas Business Class passengers is the introduction of complimentary pyjamas, a rarity among airlines worldwide. To mark this occasion, Qantas has partnered with esteemed Australian fashion designer Rebecca Vallance to create a limited edition pyjama and amenity kit collection. For a limited time, Business Class travellers on the New York route will be treated to a navy sleeper suit adorned with monograms of the Qantas “Roo” and the Rebecca Vallance logo. The designs will also incorporate the flight numbers QF3 and QF4, as well as a bespoke New York heart motif.

Additionally, Business Class passengers will receive a specially curated Rebecca Vallance amenity kit, complete with a matching eyeshade. This unique offering replaces the Koskela amenity kit available on Qantas’ international network. A select number of these collectible pyjama and amenity kit sets will be available for purchase.

Stylish: Rebecca Vallance has created bespoke designs

Renowned fashion designer Rebecca Vallance expressed her excitement about collaborating with Qantas, stating that she was honoured to partner with the iconic Australian brand.

Inspired by New York’s sophistication and style, Vallance has created a bespoke design that captures the vibrancy of the city, drawing from her latest collection, ‘Avenue Astoria.’ In addition to the pyjama and amenity kit range, Vallance has crafted two unique couture gowns with metallic Italian fabrication and Art Deco inspired patterns.

Qantas Frequent Flyers who make a purchase from the Rebecca Vallance collection will have the opportunity to win these exclusive dresses and enjoy a personalised fitting session.

Rebecca Vallance said,

It’s an honour to partner with the iconic Australian brand that is Qantas. New York has always felt like a second home to me, and I’m so proud to be working with the national carrier to offer travellers some keepsake PJ’s and amenity kits to enjoy long after they have landed.

We curated the bespoke Rebecca Vallance design as an homage to one of the world’s most vibrant and exciting cities, with inspiration from our latest collection ‘Avenue Astoria’.

Qantas’ commitment to delivering a premium inflight experience extends beyond exclusive fashion collaborations.

Neil Perry, Qantas Creative Director Food, Beverage and Service, has developed a range of New York-inspired dishes to be featured on the inflight menu, perfectly complementing the launch of the new route.

Drawing inspiration from the diverse culinary scene of New York, these delectable creations will offer passengers a taste of the city’s renowned street food and fine dining experiences. From a classic Reuben sandwich and New York-style spaghetti and meatballs to General Tso chicken and a gourmet hot dog, the menu showcases the fusion of flavors that make New York’s cuisine so extraordinary.

Neil Perry said,

New York is one of the culinary capitals of the world, from its much-loved street food to its internationally revered fine dining Michelin starred restaurants. We are using some amazing Australian produce to put our own spin on some of New York’s most famous food experiences. From a Reuben sandwich and a classic hot dog to New York style spaghetti and meatballs and General Tso chicken, New York does food its own way and the result is a melting pot of amazing flavours which we are excited to incorporate across our menus.

Premium cabin passengers on flights QF3 and QF4 can look forward to a delightful selection of New York-inspired menu items, including the famous spaghetti and meatballs, a classic Reuben sandwich, and a NY bagel with lox, cream cheese, capers, and lemon.

Indulgent desserts: pecan pie with crème fraiche and New York-style baked cheesecake with blueberry compote can provide the perfect finale to a memorable dining experience in the sky

Other highlights include General Tso chicken with smashed cucumber salad, steamed rice, and broccolini, a mouthwatering beef hot dog with sauerkraut and spicy brown mustard, and a sumptuous seared beef fillet with creamed spinach and baked potato.

Qantas is committed to ensuring that its lounges also reflect the spirit of New York.

Throughout June, the Qantas First Lounges in Sydney and Melbourne, as well as the Auckland International Lounge, will feature a “dish of the day” inspired by New York cuisine.

Additionally, passengers can enjoy signature cocktails such as the Manhattan Spritz and Garibaldi, adding an extra touch of sophistication to their pre-flight experience.

Qantas’ relaunch of flights to New York, coupled with the introduction of exclusive amenities and a tantalising menu inspired by the city, underscores the airline’s dedication to providing business travellers with a seamless and luxurious travel experience.

As Qantas continues to expand its international network, it remains committed to offering unparalleled service, premium comforts, and memorable moments to its esteemed corporate clientele.