Qantas' Sydney-Perth flights will move to exclusively Airbus A330 aircraft on weekdays from April — a month earlier than previously announced — with Brisbane-Perth weekday flights shifting to refurbished Boeing 767s.
The airline also intends to roll out the A330s for all weekday Melbourne-Perth flights from May.
"We will now have wide-body aircraft on all weekday flights between the eastern states and Western Australia," says Qantas Domestic CEO Lyall Strambi. That's a change from the mix of wide-bodies (with two aisles) and Boeing 737s (with one aisle) currently used.
A330s are popular in economy because there are fewer passengers to clamber over (it's a 2-4-2 layout compared with 3-3 on a 737) but the lack of consistency in business class is an ongoing annoyance — which CEO Alan Joyce recognises, since he's looking to upgrade them to a better standard of seat.
Meanwhile, Brisbane-Perth passengers will be flying only on Qantas Boeing 767s from Monday to Friday, starting 31 March.
The stalwart domestic workhorses are undergoing refurbishment, with six of the sixteen 7676s slated for renovation now flying with upgraded interiors and 10 more lined up for a make-over which includes iPads using the wireless Q Streaming entertainment system in both business and economy, and leather recliner style seats in business.
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Aviation journalist and travel columnist John took his first long-haul flight when he was eight weeks old and hasn't looked back since. Well, except when facing rearwards in business class.