Qantas is to refit 16 Boeing 767 aircraft with new interiors, including individual in-flight entertainment streamed direct to iPads (see online news July 19), and will also offer free wifi in domestic terminals.
The cabins will be fitted with new interiors designed by the airline’s creative director Marc Newson, who is also responsible for the interiors on its A380s and the premium economy seat. The carpets, lighting, curtains, dividers and leather seat covers in economy and business class have all been refreshed, with the first new look aircraft entering service in October.
Unlike sister airline Jetstar, which provides paid-for iPads pre-loaded with content (see online news November 10, 2011), Qantas will stream content via wifi to iPads provided free-of-charge to all customers.
“Following the successful trial of our QStreaming service this year, we will partner with Panasonic to provide over 200 hours of on-demand IFE content via iPads to every passenger in business and economy travelling on our B767 fleet,” said Lyell Strambi, domestic chief executive officer at Qantas.
Qantas is awaiting delivery of one A330 and two B737-800s this year as part of a strategic investment into its domestic experience, which will also include improvements to ground operations.
In line with this Qantas has announced that it will be offering complimentary wifi in domestic terminals from October. Wifi will be made available to all passengers travelling within the Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth and Sydney domestic terminals.
For more information visit qantas.com.au.
Report by Scott Carey