Qantas is raising the bar on its trans-Tasman business class service ahead of challenger Virgin Australia entering the market next month.
Starting this Saturday, February 14, Qantas passengers flying in the pointy end across the pond will receive amenity kits and a selection of top-shelf champagne.
Jacquart Cuvee Brut Mosaique NV, Champagne Duval-Leroy Brut NV and NV Charles Heidsieck Brut Reserve are all on the menu to accompany meals from Neil Perry's Rockpool empire.
The Kate Spade and Jack Spade kits will be handed out in business class on overnight flights between Australia and Auckland departing after 6pm, the airline says.
They're the same as those offered on long-range international flights, containing unisex skincare products from New York’s Malin+Goetz plus the obligatory toothbrush and toothpaste, eye mask, socks and ear plugs.
Later this year Qantas will update those kits to the most recent Kate Spade and jack Spade designs with Australian Aurora spa products (below).
“We are always looking at new ways to help our customers feel comfortable and have a relaxing and enjoyable flight,” said Kylie Morris, Qantas' Head of International Customer Experience.
Virgin Australia has already announced amenity kits and a "Luke Mangan gourmet full service dining experience" on its new trans-Tasman business class flights, which begin on the Sydney-Auckland route from February 28.
If you're not flying trans-Tasman (or anywhere else) in the near future but still fancy some of that fine fizz, the Qantas epiQure wine club is offering 20% off the retail price of Jacquart Cuvee Brut Mosaique NV and Champagne Duval-Leroy Brut NV through to February 28.
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