Qantas to begin cabin upgrade on A330 fleet

27 Nov 2013 by GrahamSmith

Qantas has announced that it is to begin installing new cabin interiors across its fleet of 30 Airbus A330s.

The Australian flag carrier expects to complete the refurbishment project by mid-2016, with each aircraft upgrade taking about a month.

In order to achieve this, the airline is employing 30 apprentice engineers, with the majority working at its recently upgraded, AU$30 million (£16.8 million) engineering hangar in Brisbane.

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Qantas Group chief executive officer Alan Joyce said: "Qantas is extremely proud of our state-of-the-art Brisbane heavy maintenance facility, which is ideally suited to undertake the upgrade of our Airbus A330 aircraft.

"We will be upgrading all 30 of our Airbus A330s with Business Suites with fully-flat beds. Ten A330-300s for Qantas International will feature new Economy seats and 20 A330-200s for Qantas Domestic will see their Economy seats refurbished.

"It will take around 30 days for each aircraft to get upgraded and we expect the program to be completed in mid-2016."

Qantas first unveiled its new-look cabin interior back in August (see news, August 29).

Graham Smith

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