Qantas Completes B747 Cabin Upgrades

Australian carrier Qantas has returned its ninth upgraded Boeing 747-400 aircraft to service, completing a 14-month long project to give the jets a makeover with its latest cabin products. The refit ensures the type’s place in the airline’s international long-haul fleet into the latter half of the decade alongside the newer Airbus A380.


Each of the upgraded B747-400s now feature interiors by renowned Australian designer and Qantas’ Creative Director Marc Newson. Configured in a 3-class layout, the seating are a vast improvement over the previous generation products and have won awards for design and comfort.


58 fixed-shell seats in Business Class are distributed in the front and upper deck of the aircraft. The second-generation Skybeds are equipped with an inbuilt massage function and convert into full-flat beds complemented by a new mattress, duvet and turndown service from the cabin crew. Situated in the mid-section of the jet are 36 Premium Economy seats with improved ergonomics and seat width, while 270 Economy Class seats (which won the 2009 Australian International Design Award) occupy the remainder of the aircraft’s main deck.


Qantas has also installed the latest version of its on-demand inflight entertainment system onboard, offering over 1,500 options and USB connectivity. Popular features from the Airbus A380, such as the mood lighting in Business Class and the Economy Class self-service snack bar has also been introduced to the Boeing 747s.


The response from travellers on the improved products have largely been positive and passengers looking to fly in the refitted jets will have a range of destinations to select from. The fleet is now operating selected long-haul routes including Brisbane – Los Angeles, Brisbane – Singapore, Sydney – Dallas, Sydney – Los Angeles – New York (John F. Kennedy) and Sydney – Santiago.


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