April 13, 2015 1:57 pm
Updated: April 13, 2015 2:31 pm

Koala class? Why these koalas travelled in style on a Qantas flight


WATCH ABOVE: Allison Vuchnich explains why four koalas sat in luxury on board a Qantas airplane.

If you’re going to travel in style, how could you possibly beat having fresh branches of eucalyptus leaves (and warm towels!) brought to your comfy first class seat.

Four lucky koalas got the star treatment aboard a Qantas Airways plane before they took off from Brisbane, Australia for their temporary home in Singapore.

The Australian government is loaning the animals to the Singapore Zoo in honour of the country’s 50th anniversary of independence from Britain.

Qantas, Australia’s national airline, posted photos of its high-profile passengers on social media.

Better than hanging out in a eucalyptus tree all day? Four koalas were shown what it's like to fly in style before heading to Singapore aboard a Qantas flight.

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This koala clearly wanted something more exciting then a plain old can of soda when sitting in first class.

Qantas Airways/Twitter

Chicken or fish? No, this koala dined on the finest eucalyptus on a Qantas Airways plane.

Qantas Airways/Twitter

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According to the Qantas website, a first class seat on a one-way flight between Brisbane and Singapore, if booked today, would cost you AUS $4,138 (CDN $3,951).

And even at that price you wouldn’t likely get that yummy eucalyptus the koala in the pictures got to enjoy.

Of course such luxury was too good to be true. After some photos were snapped, the four koalas — named Paddle, Pellita, Chan and Idalia — were quickly downgraded from “koala class” to cargo for the 7-hour and 45-minute flight.

The koalas are on loan to the zoo for six months.

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