Qantas unveils final design of A330 Business Suites

21 Oct 2014 by Clement Huang

Qantas Airways has unveiled the final approved design of its new Business Suites that will feature on the A330.

Qantas Business Suite on the A330

The airline previous released artist's impressions of the new business seat design (see here), but the final product features slight variations and a new paint job. Most significantly, perhaps, is the seat cushion material, which now comprises of leather. A storage area has also been added to the seat enclosure, providing customers with more ample space to organise their belongings during the flight.

Original artist impression of Qantas Business Suite

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, allowing passengers more time to rest.

Qantas will be progressively introducing the new Marc Newson-designed suites on the A330 later this year, with all 28 aircraft to be fitted eventually.

Qantas Business Suite with amenities

“The design [of the seat] was based on a real understanding of what Qantas customers needed on longer domestic flights and overnight international flights from Asia, with practicality, comfort, privacy and style in mind to create a relaxing environment to work, dine or sleep,” said Newson.

The fitting process is due to begin next month in the airline’s maintenance facility in Brisbane, and the first refurbished A330 for domestic services will commence operation in December. The first refurbished A330 to fly international will then take to the skies in January 2015.

Qantas Business Suite fully flat bed

While it has not been announced exactly which domestic route will see the first refurbished A330, Qantas currently serves the Sydney–Melbourne, Sydney–Brisbane, Sydney/Melbourne/Brisbane–Perth routes with the aircraft. Meanwhile, international routes operated by the A330 include Sydney/Melbourne/Brisbane to Singapore; Sydney/Melbourne/Brisbane to Hong Kong; Sydney–Bangkok; Sydney–Jakarta; Sydney–Manila; Sydney–Honolulu; and Sydney–Shanghai.

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Clement Huang

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