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Qantas Brings Free Wine Tastings to the Sky

Airlines & Airports | Patrick Clarke | July 18, 2016

Qantas Brings Free Wine Tastings to the Sky

Photo courtesy of Qantas.

Drinking a glass of wine is one of the few activities guaranteed to make your flight go by faster. 

But Australian airline Qantas is taking the traditional wine tasting experience to the next level aboard its long-haul flights with the continued evolution of its Sommelier in the Sky program.

According to the Wine Wankers, the "little secret almost nobody knows about" is available to all Qantas passengers regardless of whether they're seated in First Class or Economy. 

While the flag carrier for Australia boasts free wine samples for every class, it isn't settling. Instead, Qantas is recruiting more than four dozen new sommeliers to expand its offerings, per the Wine Wankers. 

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The extensive selection is complemented by knowledgeable flight attendants who are able to recommend a wine based on passengers' preferences. 

To become a Sommelier in the Sky wine expert, flight atendants must undertake three days of training and pass a lengthy exam which includes a blind tasting and an 80-question test. Currently, there are roughly 200 cabin crew members trained as on-board sommeliers. 

Meanwhile, more than 2,000 cabin crew have completed some level of wine training.

Next time you fly with Qantas, be sure to ask your flight attendant what's available. 


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