Upgraded Qantas A330 debuts on Singapore route

Qantas plans to revamp all 28 A330s by the end of 2015
Qantas plans to revamp all 28 A330s by the end of 2015 (photo by Chris Parypa Photography)

Qantas’ first upgraded international Airbus A330 aircraft took to the skies on Saturday, on the route from Melbourne to Singapore.

The revamped A330 feature flat-bed seats in business class, including a unique design feature that allows passengers to recline in their seat throughout the entire flight, from take-off to landing. A new type of Recaro seat has been introduced in economy class, and all passengers will be offered modern in-flight entertainment technology and improved onboard meals.

“When you combine our investment in lounges with what we’re offering on board our upgraded A330s, it puts Qantas in a very strong position to retain and win customers on key routes to Asia,” said Qantas’ group CEO Alan Joyce.

The roll-out of the first reconfigured international A330 follows the introduction of Qantas’ new domestic A330s last month.
“Our first domestic aircraft has been operating for a little more than two weeks and we have received rave reviews from crew and our passengers. Some have said it’s the best domestic business experience in the world.

“On top of the two years of research and development, more than 200 engineers and support staff at our Brisbane hangar are working on the reconfiguration programme, with around 10,000 hours spent on each international aircraft,” Joyce added.

More than half of Qantas’ 28 A330 aircraft are expected to be refurbished by the end of December 2015, with the project to be fully completed by the end of 2016.

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