Qantas will drop first class from its Sydney-Johannesburg flight from October 1 as the airline rolls one of its updated Boeing 747s onto the service.
The rejigged jumbos forego the first class cabin in favour or an expanded business class section featuring fully flat second-gen Skybeds and other A380-style fittings such as an improved in-flight entertainment system and self-service mini-bars.
Qantas says that travellers already booked into first class on flights from October 1 will be re-booked into business class on the same flight and given a "partial refund" of the fare, or can cancel their booking and claim a full refund.
If you're taking the business class option, check out our guide to the 12 best business class seats on the revamped Boeing 747s.
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