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World first for Qantas A330 business class passengers

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Qantas has unveiled the final design of its new Business Suites for the A330 fleet, to be progressively introduced from later this year. 

Designed in collaboration with Marc Newson, the new Business Suites will be available on all 28 of Qantas’ A330 aircraft on international flights to Asia, Hawaii and key domestic routes. 

In a world first, passengers travelling in the new suites can recline in their seat from take-off through to landing. (Subject to final CASA certification). 

They also feature fully-flat beds and direct aisle access for every Business Class passenger in a 1-2-1 layout. 

The Vantage XL seat, manufactured by Thompson Aero Seating, was developed and customised extensively by Qantas after ergonomic trials and inflight monitoring with a panel of experts and ongoing feedback from customers. 

Qantas Group Chief Executive Officer Alan Joyce said the new Business Suite would redefine the inflight experience for customers travelling on more than 15 international and domestic routes. 

“We believe this product will deliver the best travel experience between Australia and Asia, and probably the best domestic travel experience anywhere in the world, Mr Joyce said. 

“There’s enough space to eat while continuing to work, which is something our business customers said was very important to them, and plenty of storage room to keep the range of electronic devices that people now travel with. 

“A key point of difference from all other carriers is that the seat can be in recline and fitted with the mattress from take-off right through to landing. With many Business passengers enjoying a meal in the lounge prior to travelling, this means more time to rest and sleep.” 

Inflight entertainment system 

The Economy cabins on all international A330s will be fitted with a next-generation model of the award-winning Recaro seat. 

And passengers in both cabins on the international A330 aircraft can enjoy the latest Panasonic eX3 inflight entertainment system, with larger seatback touchscreens in addition to Q Streaming technology. They can stream content from an extensive entertainment library directly to their own devices. 

Domestic Business Class customers on A330 aircraft will have access to the same Panasonic eX3 system.

Qantas will launch the first of the refurbished A330 aircraft on a domestic east-west route to Perth in late December. 

The first of the new international A330s will begin flying in January next year. 

Qantas has also announced the construction of a new Domestic Business Lounge in Perth due to open in the third quarter of 2015. 

International and domestic routes currently serviced by Qantas A330s include:

  • Sydney-Melbourne
  • Sydney-Brisbane
  • Sydney/Melbourne/Brisbane to Perth
  • Sydney/Melbourne/Brisbane to Singapore
  • Melbourne/Brisbane to Hong Kong
  • Sydney-Bangkok
  • Sydney-Jakarta
  • Sydney-Manila
  • Sydney-Honolulu
  • Sydney-Shanghai

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