Qantas begins cabin upgrade of A330 fleet

27 Nov 2013 by Clement Huang

Qantas has announced that it will begin to install new cabin interiors into its fleet of 30 Airbus A330 aircraft at its AU$30 million (US$27 million) upgraded engineering hangar in Brisbane.

In order to achieve this, Australia’s flag carrier will be employing 30 apprentice engineers over the coming months, with the majority to be based in Brisbane.

According to Qantas Group chief executive officer Alan Joyce, the installation of the new interiors into all the A330s is expected to be complete by mid-2016, with each aircraft upgrade taking about a month.  

Business class

“Ten A330-300s for Qantas International will feature new economy seats and 20 A330-200s for Qantas Domestic will see their economy seats refurbished,” said Joyce.

Economy class

A key point of difference between Qantas and other carriers flying to Asia is that the new business class seats can be left in a recline position for take-off and landing.

The seat upgrade was first reported by Business Traveller Asia Pacific back in August. For a detailed report, see here.

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Clement Huang

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