Qantas partner and Oneworld member American Airlines kicks off Sydney-Los Angeles flights from December 17, taking the place of four weekly Qantas Boeing 747 services on the same route.
In many ways, AA's flagship Boeing 777-300ER jets represent an upgrade for business class travellers over even those refurbished Qantas jumbos.
Here's what to expect if you're flying at the pointy end with American.
Fully-flat beds with direct aisle access
Fast becoming the expectation in international business class, travellers on AA will enjoy fully-flat beds for a good night's sleep and direct aisle access from every seat: avoiding an awkward midnight hop over your seatmate.
Look familiar? They're a customised version of the same 'Zodiac Cirrus' seats also used by Oneworld member and AA partner Cathay Pacific on its Australian flights.
With an adjustable seat back, head rest, and leg rest, AA's seats stretch to between 190 and 198cm when fully-flat...
... and are 66cm wide to provide ample shoulder room.
AA supplies pillows, blankets and amenity kits in business class, although doesn't offer a turndown service as you'd find on Qantas, nor pyjamas – so savvy travellers will want to BYO PJs (preferably Qantas ones?) for the overnight flight.
Inflight Internet, plenty of space to work
Remain connected to the office or your family back home in Australia with inflight Internet access across the Pacific available at US$19 for the entire flight. You can also pay US$17 for a four-hour stint or US$12 for a quick two hour session.
A universal AC power socket in every seat accepts Aussie plugs, plus there's a USB outlet for an easy recharge of your smartphone or tablet.
There's also space aside the seat to perch your iPad or Surface while you're eating...
... which doubles as a storage shelf for your headphones, glasses and other goodies while you rest.
On-demand inflight entertainment
Getting bored will be tough with around 250 movies, 180 TV shows and 350 audio tracks on tap, served up via a personal 15.4-inch widescreen monitor:
Much like Qantas' A380 and Boeing 747 Skybed 2 seats in business class, your screen needs to be folded away for take-off and landing...
... but when it's deployed, you'll receive a pair of Bose QuietComfort acoustic noise-cancelling headphones to enjoy the show, while the screen can be controlled via touch or remote control.
An inflight bar... kind of
After enjoying your pre-departure glass of Champagne, wander back to the walk-up bar – claimed by AA to be the first of any US airline.
Self-serve beverages are available here throughout the flight, along with a range of snacks such as sandwiches, wraps and sweets to tide you over in between meals.
And of course, don't be afraid to ding your call bell to order a drink straight to your seat.
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