Qantas will roll out a lie-flat business class seat on its Airbus A330s as the airline brings the fight to its domestic and international competitors.
The new Business Suite will be fitted to all A330s, and will appear on domestic (east-west) routes as well as international flight to Asia, with the first upgraded aircraft due to take wing in late 2014.
The seats will be arranged in a 1-2-1 configuration so that every travellers has direct aisle access, with the seating staggered to provide great degree of privacy.
According to Qantas, the seats can be left in a reclining position for take-off and landing.
Creature comforts will include inflight video screens plus Qantas' wifi Q Streaming system, a spacious side table plus a nook for stowing tablets, laptops and magazines, along with a pair of noise-cancelling headphones.
The suites are based on an existing design but have been finessed by Qantas' house designer Marc Newson.
Qantas Group CEO Alan Joyce says the seats would "leapfrog anything the competition is doing, and will be the best domestic business class anywhere in the world."
Joyce also added that he felt these would be "the best business class product between Australia and Asia".
While all 30 of Qantas’ A330s will be upgraded with the new business suites, the 10 A330s used on international routes will also be given new economy seats.
The domestic A330 fleet will have its existing economy seats refurbished.
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