Qantas Refurblished Boeing 747-400’s

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Qantas Upgrades 747 Product to A380 Standards

The Airbus A380’s are currently the flagships of Qantas international network, despite initial problems and the media going overboard with sensationalist stories.

The Boeing 747-400’s are still significant and the aircraft is widely used in the Qantas International Fleet and as such, they’re getting a facelift.  The fourth newly-fitted Boeing 747-400 will re-enter the Qantas international network later in the month, providing a new passenger experience in-flight.

To date, passengers traveling on the newly fitted Boeing 747 aircraft have been happy with the new product and service, which is aligned to the Qantas A380 experience.

Qantas Executive Manager Customer Experience, Alison Webster, said, “In-flight entertainment is now available on larger personal screens with over 1,500 content selections.”  Webster continued, “Our customers in Business now enjoy new cabin mood lighting and the award-winning fully-flat Skybed designed by Marc Newson and our Economy customers also receive a new level of comfort with a custom designed seat featuring a unique footrest net and ergonomic cushioning and a self-service snack bar.”

The reconfiguration is a massive undertaking as the entire passenger cabin is taken apart as part of the process, which also allows mechanics to carry out heavy maintenance at the same time.

The re-fit Boeing 747-400’s include an all new cabin interior, including new seats and cabin design configurations.  The newly refurbished birds seat 364 passengers with 58 in business, 36 in premium economy, and 270 in economy.  The new seats, regardless of what class you’re in are said to have won awards for design and comfort, including the 2009 Australian International Design Award for the Economy seat.

However, after so many hours in a seat, there seems to be the point where it just isn’t comfortable, especially in economy.  That said, it’s important to get up, walk around, and stretch, but when you return to your seat, re-fasten that seatbelt – you never know when clear air turbulence will hit.

Qantas will have six newly fitted Boeing 747-400’s by the end of June for use on long haul Pacific routes including New York (JFK), Los Angeles (LAX), Dallas/Ft Worth Intl (DFW), and Santiago (SCL).

For those traveling in First Class between the US and Australia, Qantas will continue to operate the A380 with its First Suites on QF 11 and QF12 (Los Angeles (LAX) – Sydney (SYD) ) as well as QF 93 and QF 94, which operate the route between Los Angeles (LAX) and Melbourne Tullamarine Intl (MEL).

The Auckland (AKL) to Los Angeles (LAX) route will no longer operate and Qantas will not use A330’s across the Pacific to the United States.  The Los Angeles (LAX) to New York Kennedy (JFK) flight will switch back to a Boeing 747.

The three remaining newly refit aircraft will be put to use on other long-haul Pacific routes along with Brisbane (BNE) to Singapore (SIN) by the end of the year.

After the B747 overhaul’s, Qantas will have 12 A380’s and nine newly-fitted B747-400 aircraft in its fleet.

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