Qantas welcomes home its newest Dreamliner with Indigenous livery

Qantas’ newest Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner, which features a unique Indigenous livery, touched down in Alice Springs today.

The livery showcases the artwork of the late Northern Territory artist and senior Anmatyerre woman, Emily Kame Kngwarreye*. Based on her 1991 painting, Yam Dreaming, the design depicts the culturally significant yam plant, an important symbol in Emily’s Dreaming stories and a staple food source in her home region of Utopia, 230km north-east of Alice Springs.

Adapted by leading Indigenous owned design studio Balarinji, this special livery took a team of 60 people more than 10 days to complete.

The aircraft touched down in Alice Springs shortly after dawn following a 13,000km journey from Boeing’s Seattle facility and was warmly received by members of Emily’s family, who were joined by government officials and local community members.

Qantas Group CEO Alan Joyce said it was an honour to be in Alice Springs to receive the airline’s newest Dreamliner with Indigenous livery.

“It is a privilege to welcome home this special aircraft together with Emily’s family, close to her home Country. We’re thrilled to showcase her striking artwork on our newest Dreamliner.”

“As the aircraft enters our international fleet, we believe this Dreamliner, through colour and image, will tell a story of our unique Australian landscape and, by sharing our Indigenous culture with the world, the
important story of reconciliation,” said Mr. Joyce.

Registered as VH-ZND, this aircraft carries the fifth design in the Qantas Flying Art Series which started more than 20 years ago and is the only one dedicated to international flights.

It will fly several domestic services for crew familiarisation before it enters service on international routes in late March.

The aircraft is the fourth Dreamliner to enter the Qantas fleet, following the arrival of Great Southern Land, Waltzing Matilda and Quokka.

*Emily Kame Kngwarreye (pron. Emily Karma Nung-war-ray).

Source: Qantas

Qantus unveils menu to help reduce jet lag on long haul flights

Neil Perry AM Qantas Creative Director Food, Beverage and Service has worked with the University of Sydney’s Charles Perkins Centre to design a menu using scientific information that will help reduce the impact of jet lag on long haul flights

Below is a sample of new food and beverages available on Qantas Dreamliner flights between Perth and London.


Remedy lemon and ginger kombucha

Coconut water – served in Business and Premium Economy 

Botanica cold pressed green juice – served in Business 

Botanica cold pressed probiotic infused watermelon – served in Business and Premium Economy as a wake-up shot 

Botanica cold pressed probiotic infused lemonade – Served in Economy as a wake-up shot 

Qantas sleep tisane – served in Business and Premium Economy 

Hot chocolate – served in all cabins 


Tuna poke salad with sesame soy dressing – served in Business 

Marinated beef, citrus, cumin and zucchini salad – served in Premium Economy and Economy 

Seared Cone Bay Barramundi with herb garlic potatoes, broccolini, lemon, olive and almond salsa – served in Business 

Poached egg, kale, quinoa, grilled haloumi, pistachio and green tahini dressing – served in Business for breakfast 

Roast chicken with red rice, Mediterranean vegetables, soy beans and thyme jus – served in Premium Economy and Economy 

Smoked salmon, soba and raw zucchini noodles with ponzu dressing – Served in Business 

Roast English beef with Yorkshire pudding, peas and onion gravy – served in Business 


Dip and crudité platters – served in Business, Premium Economy and Economy 

Tomato and mushroom puff pastry tart with corn salsa – mid-flight refreshment in Premium Economy 


Seasonal fruit plate – served in all cabins 

Baked vanilla custard with rhubarb, honeyed pear and almonds – served in Business

Qantas Group CEO Alan Joyce said the partnership has the potential to transform the journey for passengers, particularly on the long haul routes that the Dreamliner is scheduled to operate.

“While the Dreamliner aircraft itself is already a step change for passengers with its larger windows, increased cabin humidity and lower cabin altitude, the findings that will come from Charles Perkins Centre researchers will allow Qantas to design and develop a range of new innovations and strategies to complement the Dreamliner experience.

“By taking a holistic view of our customers, our partnership will examine everything from reducing the impact of jetlag through to health, nutrition and sleep through the entire journey experience,” Mr Joyce said.

“We’re all looking at how we can prepare passengers ahead of their long haul flight, and of course on board and when they arrive at their destinations; we want our customers to feel their best at the end of their flight with us.”

“The centre’s  research has already influenced what meals and beverages we’ll be serving onboard and when, cabin lighting and temperature as well as the airport lounge experience.

“Neil Perry is working with the centre on new menus for the 787 flights so we are excited that one of Australia’s best culinary minds is teaming up with the best scientific minds to design the best possible menu to look after both health and hunger.”

Source: Qantas

The Darling named Sydney’s only Five-Star Hotel by Forbes Travel Guide for second year

Forbes Travel Guide has unveiled its annual 2018 Star Award Winners, again bestowing the highest ranking of five stars to The Darling at The Star, the first and only hotel in New South Wales to receive top honours for the 2nd year running.

A Forbes Travel Guide Star Rating is the most coveted award in the global luxury travel sector. Setting the gold standard in the hospitality industry since 1958, the iconic properties awarded five stars are considered outstanding with virtually flawless service and facilities.

First awarded five stars in 2017, The Darling continues to sit alongside top international luxury brands such as The Peninsula Hotel Group, Four Seasons Hotel Group, Rosewood, The Ritz-Carlton, Park Hyatt and Mandarin Oriental.

Located at The Star Sydney, The Darling has been a key feature of Sydney’s leading entertainment destination since it opened in 2011. The hotel was designed as a stand-alone structure, with its own arrival experience, amenities and alluring personality.

Housed in a distinctive inverted glass tower resting on a sandstone podium, the boutique hotel and urban resort features 171 stylish and spacious rooms, suites and penthouses, a 25-metre outdoor heated swimming pool, world-class cuisine and an indulgent day spa, all enhanced by the panorama of Sydney’s world-famous harbour and landmarks.

The Darling also serves up a taste of Tokyo with the award-winning Sokyo restaurant from founder and executive chef Chase Kojima. Sophisticated dining at its best, Kojima combines traditional Japanese artistry with the finest local produce to create a bold and complex menu designed to share.

The Star Sydney managing director Greg Hawkins said the ongoing recognition from Forbes Travel Guide puts The Darling among the most reputable hotels in the world.

“Retaining Five stars is a tremendous achievement for our team at The Star and The Darling – one we are both extremely proud to receive. Our team has remained dedicated to redefining luxury hospitality in Sydney, leading the way with exceptional service, commitment to detail and offering a window into unforgettable experiences for our corporate and leisure guests” he said.

“We are delighted to once again receive the prestigious top honours from Forbes and are proud to deliver this gold standard to visitors from Australia and abroad at Sydney’s first and only Forbes five-star rated hotel.”

The Darling Spa has also been awarded a prestigious Forbes four-star rating positioning the world-class facility alongside the likes of Spa Montage Beverly Hills and The Peninsula Spa Paris.

With 13 luxurious treatment rooms including two exclusive couples’ suites and a Moroccan Hammam chamber, The Darling Spa is Sydney’s ultimate urban escape that takes pampering to new heights. The Darling Spa facilities also include a steam room, salt water Jacuzzi and a gym for an all-encompassing experience.

Source: The Darling Hotel

Felix Hotel by 8Hotels Takes Off in Sydney's Airport Precinct

Felix Hotel by 8Hotels – a hotel that has set a new benchmark for Australian airport accommodation has officially opened its doors.

Turning the perception of the airport hotel on its head, Felix Hotel guests will check-in on the top floor penthouse, rather than a ground floor lobby.

Felix Hotel takes its design cues from the 1960’s, indicative of the thrill and glamour of the Golden Era of air travel. The penthouse features a super-stylish cocktail bar, 24-hour food shop, outdoor rooftop cinema and one of the best views of the Sydney Domestic Airports runways.

Built with the digital nomad in mind, the hotel has fast and easy to connect Wi-Fi, 1,000 USB ports and a Sky Lounge with communal and solo workspaces.

The 150-room hotel has been designed in collaboration with Cressida Kennedy from Space Control, to capture a modern urban aesthetic, with a generous nod to the 1960s Golden Era of flying – think Catch Me If You Can cool, with touch of Mad Men and Pan Am allure.

The high-flying theme runs throughout the hotel from conference rooms, Boeing and Airbus to suite categories, Economy, Premium Economy, Business Class and First Class. All rooms are fitted out with state of the art 55-inch TVs, power rain showers and blackout curtains. There are also pet friendly and family suites available.

Convenient and fast, the 24-hour Food Shop has a range of locally sourced gourmet grab-and-go food and drink options that guests can charge to their room with a swipe of the key. The cocktail bar serves up classic cocktails and premium local and international beer, wine and spirits. There is also a 24-hour gym, Felix Athletic Club, and self-service laundry.

“We are thrilled to bring Felix Hotel to Sydney and see this property elevating the airport hotel precinct. Answering to every need of our guests, from the digital nomad to the everyday leisure traveller, Felix Hotel is a cutting edge alternative to the average airport hotel.” Says Paul Fischmann, Founder and CEO of 8Hotels.

In a game changing partnership with private jet provider Fly Airly, Felix Hotel has developed high flying accommodation packages. The Jet Setter package has been designed for interstate or international companies that want to fly their teams by private jet for a conference at Felix Hotel. For leisure guests who want a taste of the high life, the Sky’s the Limit packages incorporates a two-hour scenic flight over Sydney on board a lavish private jet.

Felix Hotel was designed and developed and is operated by 8Hotels, the boutique hotel group that are always ahead of the game in terms of meeting modern consumer needs, having previously launched 1888 – the first Instagram Hotel and The Ultimo – the first Astrology Hotel.

The hotel is located just a 7-minute walk, or 2-minute drive, from the Sydney Domestic Airport and a short drive from the International terminal.

Source: Felix Hotel 

Qantas and Air New Zealand soar at 2017 Roy Morgan Customer Satisfaction Awards for Travel

2017 was a big year for Qantas: not only did it post their second highest financial performance in their 97-year history last financial year, but it also triumphed as Domestic Airline and Domestic Business Travel Airline of the Year in the annual Roy Morgan Customer Satisfaction Awards.

As if that wasn’t impressive enough, this is the fourth consecutive year the Flying Kangaroo has notched up this double-victory, including winning all 12 months for Domestic Business Travel Airline.


Air New Zealand, on the other hand, are celebrating their first-ever International Airline of the Year Award. With a newly built luxury lounge at the Melbourne International Airport, Air New Zealand General Manager Customer Experience Anita Hawthorne says:

“The airline is committed to improving the customer experience and is proud to be able to offer customers flying out of Melbourne a new lounge space with 50 percent more seating than the previous lounge.”

“The airline has been investing heavily in the Australian market and promoting its services through its ‘Better Way to Fly’ campaign starring Dave the goose which encourages Australians to travel Air New Zealand to North and South America.”

Michele Levine, CEO, Roy Morgan, said:

“For many Australians, their holiday starts once they get to the airport, needing a quick break in the lounge before their plane takes off to their destination. Air New Zealand and Qantas understand this, satisfying their customers both on and off the ground with their service driven flights and their well-equipped lounges, along with the in-flight experience being an important prequel to their getaway.

“Australia’s longest-running airline is also highly attuned to the needs of business travellers, winning the Domestic Business Travel Airline of the Year with ease. Winning a monthly award for customer satisfaction is no easy feat, and to pull it off every month of the year in 2017 is truly remarkable

“Air New Zealand, meanwhile, pulled off the seeming impossible, toppling long-time title-holder Singapore Airlines and last year’s winner Emirates to secure its first victory as International Airline of the Year. While the previous winners gave them a run for their money, as well as other top 5 airlines Cathay Pacific and Etihad Airways, Air New Zealand ultimately made a slightly better impression on its Australian passengers, with its satisfaction scores regularly nudging 90% and 11 of 12 monthly wins. Could this signal the start of a new era in International Airline Customer Satisfaction?

”Congratulations to both airlines for flying so high in the Customer Satisfaction stakes!”

Source: Roy Morgan