Ansett cans prime seating in two-tiered culinary overhaul

PUBLISHED : Friday, 26 June, 1998, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 26 June, 1998, 12:00am

Ansett Australia is axing its first-class cabin to launch a two-class service on international flights from next month.

Food is the key to the redesign with passengers in the new BusinessFirst seats being offered dim sum on routes to Hong Kong, the mainland and Taiwan, thanks to the installation of steamer ovens in the aircraft galleys.

Economy class passengers will be offered what Ansett believes is the first two-tiered meal service in the sky. Presented first with an appetiser and main meal, a traveller can then decide whether to choose a dessert or finish.

The split service allows meals to be larger and will be served by attendants in full-length white aprons to create a cafe atmosphere.

'We have recreated an experience for the modern business traveller that is comparable to fine restaurant dining and hotel hospitality convenience,' Bob Evans, general manager Ansett Australia, Hong Kong, Southern China and Macau, said. 'And for our important economy guests, we are seeking to rival the current expectations of business class on other airlines.' The upper deck of the Boeing 747-300 will continue to be reserved for an exclusive economy section.