Qantas Showcases A330 Cabin Improvements

Australian carrier Qantas plans to roll out a new cabin upgrade for its fleet of 30 Airbus A330 jets, which it hopes will provide the airline with an advantage against rival Virgin Australia in the competitive domestic air travel market. A new Business Class flatbed will be fitted to the fleet, while 10 aircraft used on international flights to Asia will also receive a new Economy Class seat.


Qantas Business Suites

Envisioned to raise the bar for Business Class seating in the Australian market, Qantas will introduce a pod-style full-flat bed from late 2014. Configured in a staggered 1-2-1 layout, the new seat can also be reclined during take-off and landing, which the airline claims will maximize the opportunity for passenger rest.


Ample work and storage spaces have been worked into the design, with a convenient side console and deep pocket to store laptops, tablets and reading materials. A fold-out panel in the side wall reveals another stowage compartment, while the meal table swings out from under the surface of the console.


Inflight entertainment is delivered through a 16-inch personal monitor accompanied by a pair of noise-cancelling headphones. Every suite also comes with an AC power outlet and USB connectivity.


New International Economy Class

Qantas will also offer international Economy Class passengers a new slimline seat. Modelled after the product found on its flagship Airbus A380s, the seats will improve overall comfort and legroom with multi-directional headrests and footnets. A 11.1-inch seatback monitor showcases the inflight entertainment system, which will also incorporate Qantas’ Q-Streaming technology broadcasting content to passengers’ own devices.


The refurbished jets will be a welcome replacement for the airline’s existing A330 cabin product, which is widely-regarded as inferior to that offered by Virgin Australia with its international-grade lie-flat bed. Domestically, the fleet will operate the transcontinental sectors between Perth and Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney, while international ports served will include Bangkok, Hong Kong, Jakarta, Manila, Shanghai and Singapore.


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