Qantas Welcomes New Boeing 737-800 Aircraft on Trans-Tasman Route

Qantas has today announced that it has today welcomed a new state of the
art Boeing 737-800 that will be introduced on the Trans-Tasman route.  To be named Sir Edmund Hillary this 737-800
will be the first of three that will be put into service on this route.

 

Features of this aircraft will include:

 

  • A 12 seat business class and 156 seat economy class
    configuration
  • New seating design styled by Marc Newson
  • On-demand Panasonic inflight entertainment in both cabins
    with over 300 entertainment options
  • Seat-to-seat “chat” messaging
  • Wide seat-back design with a 37 inch seat pitch and 22 inch
    width between arms in Business and a 17 inch width and 30 inch seat pitch in
    economy, ergonomic cushions and adjustable headrest
  • 10.6 inch in arm touch screen in business
  • Nine inch seatback touch screen in economy
  • PC and USB ports in both business and economy to facilitate
    computers, MP3 players and other technology.

 

The full media release from Qantas can be read below:

 

 

 

 QANTAS
WELCOMES NEW AIRCRAFT ON TRANS-TASMAN ROUTE

 

WELLINGTON, 8 February 2011: Qantas today welcomed a new Boeing 737-800 aircraft into
service and announced it would be named in honour of Sir Edmund Hillary, New
Zealand mountaineer and explorer.

 

A
further two new aircraft will join the fleet this month and will be officially
named in honour of Abel Tasman, who was the first European to discover the
south island of New Zealand, and William Pickering, a New Zealander who made a
significant contribution to space exploration.

 

Qantas Regional General Manager
New Zealand, Mr Grant Lilly said
the new aircraft
would operate on the Wellington – Australia route, providing a new level of
comfort for customers.

 

“Wellington is an important
market for Qantas for both business and leisure travellers and we are delighted
to bring our 737-800 product here.

 

“These new aircraft will join
our 737-800 flagship fleet on trans-Tasman flights and it is a privilege to
name this aircraft after such an iconic history maker as Sir Edmund Hillary who
pushed the boundaries of human endurance and achievement.

 

“I’m
delighted that Sir Hillary’s son Peter Hillary and first great grandchild Felix
have joined us to celebrate and represent the late explorer.

 

Mr Lilly said the new aircraft would showcase the best of modern onboard technology
and design with Marc Newson-designed seating and a state-of-the-art on-demand
Panasonic in-flight entertainment.

 

Wellington
International Airport, CEO, Mr Steven Fitzgerald said
, “We are thrilled about the arrival of Qantas’ new 737-800. Qantas has
had a long relationship with Wellington dating back to 1961 bringing both
tourists and business travellers across the Tasman, and it is great to see the
airline continue to improve the service they provide.

 

“Wellingtonians
are choosing to fly direct from their airport in greater numbers than ever
before and the availability of services on some of the most modern and advanced
aircraft in the world can only add to the attractiveness,”
Mr Fitzgerald said.

 

“We wish Qantas
every success and are looking forward to working with them to grow the services
offered to the Wellington region.”

 

Features
of the new 737-800 aircraft include:

 

  • A 12 seat business class and 156 seat economy class
    configuration
  • New seating design styled by Marc Newson
  • On-demand Panasonic inflight entertainment in both cabins
    with over 300 entertainment options
  • Seat-to-seat “chat” messaging
  • Wide seat-back design with a 37 inch seat pitch and 22 inch
    width between arms in Business and a 17 inch width and 30 inch seat pitch in
    economy, ergonomic cushions and adjustable headrest
  • 10.6 inch in arm touch screen in business
  • Nine inch seatback touch screen in economy
  • PC and USB ports in both business and economy to facilitate
    computers, MP3 players and other technology.

 

The Qantas B737-800 fleet will fly Auckland-Sydney,
Auckland-Melbourne, Wellington-Sydney and Wellington Melbourne. From March the
aircraft will fly on the Christchurch-Sydney route.

 

Qantas also announced today extra capacity across the
trans-Taman to meet demand for the 2011 Rugby World Cup.

 

Mr Lilly said the arrival of these new aircraft had come at
an ideal time as Qantas added extra flights and seats from 6 September- 24
October to manage the increased number of visitors.

 

“Qantas will offer
an additional six flights as well as upgrading 737-800 services to A330-200
services between Sydney and New Zealand,”
he said.

 

The New
Zealand 2011 Rugby World Cup is held throughout New Zealand from 9 September –
23 October.

 

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