Qantas domestic and international services remain grounded until further notice. Since the grounding at 5pm yesterday over 68,000 passengers have been impacted with 447 flights cancelled. Fair Work Australia will reconvene at 2pm today to consider the Federal Government’s application for termination or suspension of the industrial disputes between Qantas and the Australian Licensed Engineers Union (ALAEA), the Transport Workers Union (TWU) and the Australian and International Pilots Union (AIPA). QANTAS RESPONDS TO INDUSTRIAL ACTION Qantas today announced that, from 8pm AEDT on Monday 31 October 2011, it will lock out all employees who will be covered by the industrial agreements currently being negotiated with the Australian Licensed Engineers Union (ALAEA), the Transport Workers Union (TWU) and the Australian and International Pilots Union (AIPA). This step is being taken under the provisions of the Fair Work Act in response to industrial action taken by these unions. The financial impact of action taken to date has reached $68 million and the action is costing Qantas approximately $15 million per week in lost revenue. Approximately 70,000 passengers have been affected and more than 600 flights cancelled. Pilots, licensed engineers and baggage, ground and catering staff are essential to Qantas operations and the lock-out will therefore make it necessary for all Qantas aircraft to be grounded. For precautionary reasons, this will take place immediately (as at 5pm AEDT, Saturday 29 October 2011). Aircraft currently in the air will complete the sectors they are operating. However, there will be no further Qantas domestic departures or international departures anywhere in the world. This will have an estimated financial impact on Qantas of $20 million per day. The lock-out will continue until the ALAEA, the TWU and AIPA drop the extreme demands that have made it impossible for agreements to be reached. Jetstar flights, QantasLink flights and Qantas flights across the Tasman operated by Jetconnect will continue. Express Freighters Australia and Atlas Freighters will also continue to operate. Requirements for employees are as follows: Until the lock-out commences, all employees are required at work as normal and will be paid. Once the lock-out commences: employees who are locked out will not be required at work and will not be paid. employees working overseas will not be locked out and will continue to be paid. all other employees are required at work and will be paid as normal. Customers booked on Qantas flights should not go to the airport until further notice. A full refund will be available to any customer who chooses to cancel their flight because it has been directly affected by the grounding of the fleet. Full rebooking flexibility will be available to customers who wish to defer their travel. Assistance with accommodation and alternative flights, as well as other support, will be offered to customers who are mid-journey. Customers should monitor qantas.com for the latest updates. The latest information will also be posted on Qantas’ Twitter and […]
As of the publication of this article all Qantas Domestic and International Services remain grounded, which is affecting over 13,000 travellers, however it should be pointed out that the grounding does not affect both QantasLink or Jetstar services (both domestic and international) Qantas has setup a hotline number for travellers affected by the Qantas grounding the number is 13 13 13, Qantas are advising only travelling in the next 24 hours should contact this hotline number. Fair Work Australia will reconvene at 2pm today to consider the Australian government’s application to terminate or suspend industrial dispute between Qantas and the three unions. Check back on this site as well as Qantas.com for the latest information on Qantas Flights affected by the Qantas fleet grounding.
Qantas has taken an unprecedented step to ground all domestic and international services Qantas CEO Alan Joyce has made the below media statement the full transcript of which is detailed below. The action by Qantas to ground its entire fleet is estimated to affect 13,305 passengers and should the action be extended it this figure will obviously increase significantly. ANNOUNCEMENT ALAN JOYCE, QANTAS CEO 29 OCTOBER 2011 A crisis is unfolding within Qantas. Industrial action directed by the leadership of three unions – the Australian Licenced Aircraft Engineers Association (ALAEA) representing the licensed engineers, the Transport Workers Union (TWU) representing ramp, baggage and catering staff, and the Australian and International Pilots Association (AIPA) representing the long-haul pilots – is aimed at applying so much pressure on Qantas, so much pressure on our customers, and so much pressure on Australian business, that we will give in to their demands. In 15 months Qantas has reached agreement with more than 10,000 employees represented by four unions on five Enterprise Agreements – or one-third of the Qantas workforce. Over the same period we have been doing all we can to reach agreement with the ALAEA and AIPA and more recently with the TWU. What makes these union negotiations different? Two things. First, these three unions are sticking by impossible claims that are not just to do with pay, but also to do with unions trying to dictate how we run our business. The pilots’ union wants to force us to pay Jetstar pilots on codeshare flights the same high rates that they get at Qantas. This would set a wages precedent that would soon put an end to Jetstar and slash low-cost travel in Australia. Our only alternative would be to remove Qantas codesharing from Jetstar which would have the effect of making some key Qantas routes uneconomic. The licensed engineers want to bind Qantas maintenance to the past; to thumb their nose at world’s best-practice regulations, including those endorsed by Australia’s Civil Aviation Safety Authority; and continue with outdated work practices on new generation aircraft. The TWU was offered an exceptional deal but is sticking to its completely unrealistic claim that would prevent us from the sensible use of contractors. These are impossible demands. We cannot agree to them because they could ultimately put the Qantas Group at risk. The second thing that makes these unions different is that they are running utterly destructive industrial campaigns against Qantas and our customers, hurting all our employees and undermining Australian business. The situation is unsustainable. 70,000 affected passengers Over 600 flights cancelled 7 grounded aircraft Nearly $70 million in damage And $15 million in damage for every week that goes by. The unions’ industrial campaigns are designed to scare away customers. It has become impossible for Qantas to serve our third-party maintenance clients. They are trashing our strategy and our brand. They are […]
In addition to today’s Qantas Platinum One Frequent Flyer Program announcement the Airline announced improvements to their Frequent Flyer Upgrade Awards for both International and Domestic services. In summary Improvements include extending the period in which a member can register for an upgrade award, Upgrade awards for Platinum members confirmed up to 24 hours before a flight and SMS notifications when an Award Upgrade has been successful (all membership tiers) A more detailed list of the improvements are listed below: Improvements to Upgrade Awards for International services (from December 2011) The ability to register for a Flight Upgrade Award at any time from booking up until 24 hours before a scheduled departure; Platinum members may receive successful Flight Upgrade Award confirmation from up to 48 hours before their departure date; All Frequent Flyers will be notified via SMS if their Flight Upgrade Award is confirmed to allow customers to maximise their time to prepare for their upgraded Qantas journey; Flight Upgrade Awards will also be processed closer to the time of departure, meaning fewer empty First, Business and Premium Economy seats on the aircraft on many occasions. For example, if another customer changes their plans and decides not to travel, Qantas will be able to upgrade a member registered for a Flight Upgrade Award into their seat. Improvements to Upgrade Awards for Domestic Services (from early 2012) As per the existing international process, a domestic registration process will be introduced for Flight Upgrade Awards (for Qantas operated services with a Qantas flight number on their ticket) where a member’s Flight Upgrade Award cannot be immediately confirmed. Confirmation of a successful domestic Flight Upgrade Award from the point of booking, as well as the ability to request ‘on departure’ Flight Upgrade Awards will remain available; SMS notification will commence domestically in line with the introduction of the registration process. Our coverage of the Qantas Platinum One Announcement and Release Date which was announced along with these Upgrade Award Improvements Are these improvements to Qantas Frequent Flyer Award going to benefit you and are there other improvements you would like to see?
Qantas have announced full detail including launch date of new Super Elite Qantas Platinum One Frequent Flyer membership Tier, which members will require earn 3600 Status Credits to Qualify for, that’s three times the Status Credits required for ‘regular’ Platinum status In a nutshell greater access to upgrade awards, a dedicated Platinum One Service team as well as personalised gifts and experiences are what set this membership tier above ‘regular’ platinum in detail the benefits include: A dedicated contact number to link members to the Platinum One Special Service Team, which will monitor, support and enhance their travel experience every step of the way; Assistance with access to additional Qantas Classic Awards and Flight Upgrade Awards, on Qantas operated flights (with a Qantas flight number on their ticket); Confirmation of successful upgrade requests as early as seven days prior to departure (for Qantas operated services with a Qantas flight number on their ticket), Complimentary membership of epiQure by Qantas Frequent Flyer, the recently launched premium food and wine club; Personalised gifts and experiences, from a ticket to a Qantas sponsored event to an experience inside a Qantas flight simulator and more. Qantas Frequent Flyer Chief Executive Officer Simon Hickey said he was very pleased to be launching the Platinum One program. “Qantas Frequent Flyer has introduced Platinum One based on feedback from many of our Platinum members,” he said. “Platinum One will offer members access to an outstanding range of benefits as well the exceptional service delivered by a dedicated Platinum One Special Service team.” The new super elite Qantas Platinum One tier will take effect from 7 November 2011 and Qantas will notify eligible members of their inclusion in the Inaugural Platinum One membership year by 7 November 2011. Along with the Qantas Platinum One Frequent Flyer details Qantas announced changes to upgrade awards, our coverage of these improvements can be found here: Qantas Frequent Flyer Upgrade Award Improvements Announced To achieve 3,600 status credits in a single calendar year requires a significant amount of flying, below is our analysis of the minimum number of flights required Route Return Class SCs RTN Trips Required Aprox Min Total Cost Melbourne to Perth Business Class 160 23 AU $6,8126 Sydney to Melbourne Business Class 80 45 AU $56,475 Sydney to Los Angeles First Class 540 7 AU $125,202 Sydney to Los Angeles Business Class 360 10 AU $110,910 Unless you spend half your life in a Qantas or Partner aircraft and have plenty of cash to splash Platinum One is outside the realm of regular flyers, or is it? Back in May 2011 we detailed how to achieve Platinum status for a fraction of the cost and miles with the use of American Airlines YUPP instant upgrade fares the article is here: Qantas Frequent Flyer Platinumstatus cheaply with American Airlines YUPP Instant Upgrades It should be noted that Qantas Platinum One is still OneWorld Emerald status so you should not expect any preferential treatment on OneWorld Partner airlines however when flying Qantas you these added extras are what makes the differences when flying on a regular basis. Given the cost to achieve Qantas Frequent Flyer Platinum One status are the benefits provided worthy? […]
In what has been a big news day for the airline Qantas today revealed more details and a timeframe for the upgrade of their Qantas 747 aircraft with Qantas A380 style seating in this same announcement Qantas also announced details of upgrades to its Los Angeles First and Business Class lounges as well as upgrades to its Singapore and Hong Kong First Class Lounges. Boeing 747 Upgrades Qantas will upgrade nine of its existing Boeing 747 Aircraft the first of which will be complete and go into service this October with the remaining eight aircraft to be brought back into service over the next 12 months. These upgraded aircraft will be outfitted with the same Business, Premium Economy and Economy Class seating that were implemented in the Qantas A380 aircraft that have been in service since 2008. Each new upgraded Qantas Boeing 747 will have a total of 364 seats comprising of 58 Business Class, 36 Premium Economy Class and 270 Economy Class seats and will also feature the latest Panasonic on demand inflight entertainment system. Mr Joyce said since the introduction of the A380 in October 2008, customer satisfaction levels have increased significantly and now the aim is to ensure consistent excellence across the fleet and lounge network. “In February last year, Qantas announced a $250 million upgrade for nine Boeing 747-400s to meet the changing demands of the airline’s international customers. The first reconfigured B747 will commence services between Brisbane and Los Angeles in October, operating three return services per week.” Qantas Lounge Upgrades Qantas will build a new First and Business Class lounge in Los Angeles that will be three times the size of the existing lounge, in addition to this Singapore and Hong Kong will see new Qantas first class lounges. Qantas CEO Alan Joyce said Qantas had built an extensive and world-class lounge network across Australia and overseas, providing unrivalled comfort for Qantas Frequent Flyers. “Qantas will construct a new First Lounge and Business Lounge in Los Angeles, three times the size of the current space, as well as new First Lounges in Singapore and Hong Kong,” Mr Joyce said. For the domestic network, Qantas has a total order of 24 B737-800s, offering customers the latest in comfort and design and Panasonic on-demand inflight entertainment in every seat. Eighteen of these new aircraft will feature the new Boeing Sky Interior, the first of which is set to arrive in October this year. Four new A330s with the best in premium product are also currently operating domestically. The other major announcements made by Qantas today included: Formation of a new Asian based premium airline Jetstar Japan (a Joint Venture between Qantas, ANA & Mitsubishi Closer Alliance with British Airways
Qantas today announced that it would introduce more changes to its frequent flyer program that will include changes to the way members earn miles on Jetstar services, increased earning rates for Gold and Silver members, increased cabin bonuses, the introduction of a Platinum One Status and finally an alliance with Australia’s second largest teleco Optus. These changes are the second set of changes for the year and without having all the details they look quite good and address some of the gaps that we saw in the program in the past, such as the cabin bonus for Premium Economy travel, which was the same as a regular economy ticket, and has now been increased to 25% Increased Earning Rates From today the Qantas Frequent Flyer program will introduce an increased cabin bonus for members travelling in Premium cabins (Premium Economy to First Class) the new cabin bonuses are as follows: Premium Economy Increases from 10% to 25% Business Class Cabin Bonus increases from 25% to 50% First Class Cabin Bonus increases from 50% to 100% In addition to the increased cabin bonus both Silver and Gold members will today see an increased Status bonus points, the new status bonus points (miles not status credits) increases as follows: Gold Status Bonus will increase from 50% to 75% Silver Status Bonus will increase from 25% to 50$ Increased Jetstar mile and status credit earning options A new Jetstar fare structure will see Qantas frequent flyer members earn both Economy and Business Class status credits and miles when booking and flying with the new Plus and Max Bundle Qantas Frequent Flyer Platinum One VIP Award Level From the fourth Quarter of 2011 Qantas will add an additional VIP status to it Frequent Flyer Award Program, with the status to be call Platinum One status. Members will be able to earn this status if they earn at least triple the requalification status credits of the regular Platinum membership tier. Which would mean a status credit earn of at least 3600 status credits (1200 X 3) in a membership year. Qantas is tight lipped on the benefits for members at this status level, apart from announcing this level would include exclusive services such as a dedicated team to look after a Platinum One members travel needs every step of the way, we here at the Business Travel Guru are guessing that Anytime Lounge access would be introduced at this level and perhaps free upgrades into the next highest cabin (Pending availability) Finally today’s announcement saw the intention to form a rewards alliance with Australia’s second largest teleco Optus, that will give Qantas Frequent Flyer members the ability to earn miles when purchasing Optus residential and small business products and services. Mr Joyce said that once finalised the new alliance with Optus will be a significant boost for the Qantas Frequent Flyer program and highlights its commitment to remaining a market leader by expanding its portfolio of […]
In the normal world the cost to reach Qantas Frequent Flyer Platinum Status (oneworld Emerald) works out upwards of $18,000 (with deeply discounted Australian fares) however there is a cheaper and easier way to achieve this Qantas’s most sought after Frequent Flyer status. The method I detail below involves the use of American Airlines YUPP or Instant upgrade fares. For those new to the game these American Airlines domestic fares cost slightly more than an American Airlines Economy class (coach) fare but they book into First class (providing there are seats available) Remember American Airlines is a oneworld partner so you will be earning Qantas Status Credits a First Class rate when your QF Frequent Flyer number is registered against one of these flights, the drawback is that you only get the first class seat if it is available, and if you get bumped to another flight that does not have first class you will only earn status credits at an economy rate (Being proactive with your bumping with the AA staff will ensure you get bumped to a flight that does offer First Class) From our research the best value YUPP fares at present are from Honolulu to the Caribbean’s Port Au Price – PAP. Below are the workings for two return trips from Honolulu to Port Au Price Haiti these flights are nearly enough to reach Platinum status, for nearly AU $2,500 (with the very Strong AUD at the moment) Depart Arrive Miles Status Credits Honolulu – HNL Los Angeles – LAX 2556 150 Los Angeles – LAX Miami – MIA 1197 120 Miami – MIA Port Au Prince -PAP 713 60 Return Fly return again Total 4466 330 660 1320 Status Credits Cost US $692 US $1,383 US $2,766 In the above example the Miami to Port Au Price and Port Au Price to Miami flights only earn Business Class Status credits as American Airlines does not offer first class on flights into the Caribbean also we are short 80 Status credits to reach platinum. However Qantas Frequent Flyer rules state that In order to qualify for Platinum Status the member must fly at least 4 eligible Qantas or Jetstar flights (this does not include flights from oneworld carriers) therefore in the scenario above for best value and to meet the Qantas minimum flight rule I would recommend flying into/out of Honolulu to/from Australia with Jetstar to make up two out of the 4 required Qantas qualifying flights, this should easily earn 80 status credits. With the remaining 2 Qantas/Jetstar flights we recommend taking the other two flight prior to leaving on your mileage run so that your Platinum status kicks as early as possible during trip earning your more of those 100% bonus miles at that platinum receive. As you can see from the above example doing an American Airlines Instant Upgrade Mileage run Platinum Status can be easily achieved without the normal cost. How to find the best value […]
Qantas Frequent Flyer Platinum is Qantas’ highest Status that provides a host of benefits from lounge access through to priority wait and upgrade lists as well as bonus frequent flyer miles on Qantas and oneworld alliance airlines and additional luggage allowances. Since Platinum is the highest achievable status in the Qantas Frequent Flyer program the status can be very costly to achieve unless you make use of the status earning tips I have outlined in this and other articles from this site. Platinum Frequent Flyer Benefits Priority check-in Qantas Platinum Frequent Flyers are able to check-in at either Premium Service Desks, Business/Qantas Club Lounges on domestic flights For international flights members can use First Class check-in suites (Sydney or Melbourne) First Class counter or Business counters. Priority BoardingOn select International Services Platinum Frequent Flyers have the option to use priority boarding that is used by First and Business Class Passengers, regardless of the members ticketed class. Lounge Access Platinum members have access to all Qantas lounges (excluding Chairman’s club Lounge) when flying on various Qantas, Jetstar and oneworld alliance flights, below are the rules for access to the various lounges: Qantas International First Class Lounge Available at: Sydney & Melbourne 1 guest allowed (Must be fling with Platinum Member) Platinum Member’s next onward flight that day must show a Qantas (QF), a Jetstar Airline (Jetstar (JQ), Jetstar Asia (3K), Valuair (VF) or a oneworld® flight number on your ticket. Domestic Business Lounge Available at: Brisbane, Sydney (T3), Melbourne & Canberra 2 guests allowed (Guests don’t need to be flying) Lounge Access on Arrival also available Platinum Members must be travelling on any flight the same day that shows Qantas (QF), a Jetstar Airline (Jetstar (JQ), Jetstar Asia (3K) or Valuair (VF) or a oneworld® flight number on your ticket. Domestic Qantas Club Lounges Available at: Adelaide, Alice Springs, Brisbane, Cairns, Canberra, Darwin, Hobart, Melbourne, Perth, Sydney (T3 & T2) Townsville – Plus others see full list here Qantas Club Lounges 2 guests allowed (Guests don’t need to be flying) Lounge Access on Arrival also available Platinum Members must be travelling on any flight the same day that shows Qantas (QF), a Jetstar Airline (Jetstar (JQ), Jetstar Asia (3K) or Valuair (VF) or a oneworld® flight number on your ticket. Oneworld Alliance Lounge access Platinum members have access to first, business and frequent flyer lounges of all oneworld alliance members when flying on any oneworld member airline regardless or class More details here: oneworld Lounge access International Qantas and Partner lounge access Too many locations to list, more comprehensive list Qantas International and partner lounges – Platinum Members must be travelling on any flight the same day that shows Qantas (QF), a Jetstar Airline (Jetstar (JQ), Jetstar Asia (3K) or Valuair (VF) or a oneworld® flight number on your ticket. Note: In a recent overhaul of the Frequent Flyer program Qantas removed the Anytime lounge access for platinum’s that gave them access […]
If you are one of the few Australians who does not have Qantas Frequent Flyer membership then this tip will save you some money. Membership to Qantas’ Frequent Flyer Program usually costs AU $82.50 if you sign up via the Qantas website. However if you want to join the Qantas Frequent Flyer program for free, simply go into your nearest Woolworths store and pickup a free Woolworths Everyday Rewards membership and then complete your Everyday rewards membership online at everydayrewards.com.au During the registration process you will be asked if you would like to link your everyday rewards card to your existing Qantas Frequent Flyer membership or Sign-up for a Free Qantas Frequent Flyer membership Whamo you have just saved AU $82.50 and you can also start earning Qantas Frequent Flyer Miles every time you shop. You can use your Woolworths Everyday rewards card to earn additional Qantas Frequent Flyer miles (Every dollar spent over $30 earns you 1 QFF Mile) at Woolworths, Beer Wine Spirits (BWS), Dick Smith Electronics, Big W and more.
Today Qantas today will put its tenth Airbus A380 into Service on the Sydney (SYD) to London (LHR) (via Singapore) route (QF31 & QF32). Qantas’ tenth Airbus A380 has the registration number VH-OQJ and is named Bert Hinkler (the first person to fly solo from Britain to Australia in 1928) QF31 is is scheduled to depart Sydney at 1610 hours and arrival at London’s Heathrow International Airport at 0635 hrs +1 day, for the stop-over in Singapore the aircraft will arrive in Singapore at 2230 hrs departing for Heathrow at 2359 hrs The Qantas A380 features four classes with 14 first class suites/full lie-flat seats in the front of the main deck configured in a 1-1-1 seating configuration, 72 full lie-flat seats in Business Class located at the front of the upper deck configured in a 2-2-2 seating configuration, 32 Qantas Premium Economy seats located in the rear of the upper deck configured in a 2-3-2 seating configuration and 332 Economy class seats located in the rear of the main deck behind first class in a 3-4-3 seating configuration.
In a sign of the charging times Qantas has announced it will begin charging a AU$20 (per person per sector) fee for passengers who request Advance Seat Selection on International flights booked through travel agents, the new charge will take effect from 13 April 2011 (until this date Qantas will continue to waive the charge for travel agents) However Advance Seat Selection will be complimentary for: Qantas Domestic Bookings International Flights in Premium Economy, Business Class or First Class For Platinum, Gold, Silver (or oneworld equivalent) Frequent Flyers Travelling on the same booking as any of the above travelers In the past advance seat selection was only available for frequent flyers with status (Platinum, Gold, and Silver) in addition to GDS (travel agent) booking; however on 30 May 2011 Qantas gave regular flyers without status the option (with charge) for advance seat selection on booking made via Qantas.com, the above change will align the change for travel agent bookings with Qantas online bookings. If a passenger does not make an Advance Seat Selection a seat will be allocated to the passenger/s at check-in based on their preference stored in their frequent flyer profile.
Qantas are running another Frequent Flyer award flight promotion allowing Qantas Frequent Flyers save 30% on the required miles for any domestic economy class classic award bookings. The promotion is only valid for flights between 28 April and 30 June 2011 however these must be booked before 15 April 2011. Note this promotion is only for Classic Award bookings not Any Seat Award booking so seating is very limited and as with any classic award booking regular taxes and charges apply do apply.
Qantas Business Class can be found on both Qantas Domestic and International flights, although not all domestic routes have business class, many routes only have an Economy class. In Qantas International Business Class you will find the Qantas Skybed (Pictured below) this seat is used on Airbus A380, Airbus A330-300/200 and Boeing 747-400 aircraft; however the seat configuration is slightly different on the Airbus A380 compared with other aircraft, an example of this is the larger 30.7 cm in arm LCD screen found on the Airbus A380 compared to the smaller 26 cm back of seat LCD screen found on the other aircraft, in addition the Skybed on A380 flights is a full lie flat seat where as on other aircraft the seat is flat but with a slight recline. Qantas International Business Class Check-in & Boarding Qantas International Business Class check-in is via a dedicated business check-in desk and for boarding you will either have access to a premium boarding late or be called to board the aircraft before other passengers (if there is no premium class/es boarding lane) allowing Business passengers in most cases to board without a queue. Qantas International Business Seating and Cabin On International flights operated on Airbus A380, A330-200, A330-300 and Boeing 747-400 aircraft your seat will be the Qantas Skybed, the Skybed seat is a full lie flat seat on the A380, with fully customizable seating positions and on other international aircraft it is flat but slightly reclined. The Award winning Qantas Skybed was designed by internationally renowned industrial designer Marc Newson. Picture 1: Qantas Business Class Skybed on Qantas International Other features you will find on the Qantas Business Class Skybed include: Meal and Cocktail table Laptop AC Power Outlet Back Massager Night Dome light Water Bottle Holder LED Reading Light Glove Box Privacy Screen Headset Storage Large 26 Cm (10.4 Inch) LCD In-flight entertainment screen Coat Hook Shoe Compartment Literature Pocket A4/Folio Storage On Qantas A380 aircraft the Qantas Business Class seat is laid out in a 2-2-2 seating configuration, on Boeing 747-400 aircraft the seating configuration is 2-3-2 on the lower deck and 2-2 on the upper deck on other aircraft the seating configuration is 2-2-2. In all aircraft the Qantas Business Class Skybed has the following specification: Length (Fully extended lie flat) 81.5” – 207cm Width 21.5” – 54.6 cm Pitch 80” – 203.2 cm Lie Flat A380 Yes other flat reclined In-flight Entertainment On Airbus A330 and Boeing 747-400 aircraft In-flight entertainment is provided by a 26 cm (10.4 Inch) LCD In-flight entertainment screen, with over 500 on demand entertainment options (60 movies, 250 TV programs, 250 CDs) as well as 10 interactive games and radio channels On Airbus A380 Aircraft Qantas International Business Class the in-flight entertainment system is delivered via a 12.1 inch (30.7 cm) in arm touch screen LCD screen. With over 1000 audio and video on demand options. Note All Qantas […]
Qantas has announced that it is upgrading aircraft on its East Cost to Perth services, introducing Wide body Airbus A330 Aircraft, which amongst other changes will see the Business Class seating configuration on these routes changed from its existing 2-3-2 configuration to a 2-2-2 seating configuration. In total 4300 additional seats will be added on Perth Routes (Sydney to Perth additional 500 Seats per week, Brisbane to Perth additional 1700 seats per week, Melbourne to Perth an additional 2100 seats per week ) Sydney, Perth – B747-400 will operate six round trips per week from May and internationally configured Airbus 330 services also increased from three round trips per week to five. Taken together, these changes are added over 500 additional seats per week; Brisbane, Perth – domestic wide-body A330-200 services will be introduced in seven round-trip per week, along with improved return services six B737 wide-body aircraft. This will add over 1,700 seats to the route; Melbourne, Perth – more than 2,100 additional seats will be added each week, including the three services operated by A330 aircraft configured at the international level, and New Qantas A330 will be reconfigured to provide more space and comfort for passengers in the car business. The full media release from Qantas can be read below: WIDE-BODY AIRCRAFT TO TARGET EAST/WEST GROWTH Qantas is targeting the growing demand from business travellers between the eastern states and Perth by deploying internationally configured wide-body aircraft to these routes including its Boeing 747 aircraft. Qantas will make a number of key changes to services operating in and out of Perth over the coming months, which will increase capacity by more than 4300 seats each week. These include: Sydney-Perth – B747-400 aircraft will operate six round trips per week from May and internationally configured Airbus 330 services will also be increased from three round trips per week to five. Combined, these changes will add more than 500 additional seats per week; Brisbane-Perth – domestic wide-body A330-200 services will be introduced on seven round trips a week in addition to the upgrading of six round trip B737 services with wide-body aircraft. This will add more than 1700 seats to the route; Melbourne-Perth – more than 2100 additional seats will be added each week, including three services operated by internationally configured A330 aircraft; and Qantas’ new A330s will be reconfigured to provide more space and comfort for passengers in the Business cabin. Qantas Chief Executive Officer, Mr Alan Joyce, said the changes were a direct response to the growing demand for travel to Perth particularly from business passengers. “Increasing the premium service we provide business customers flying from east to west will help further cement our position as the ‘Best for Business’ airline,” Mr Joyce said. “Passengers in both cabins of the Boeing 747 between Perth and Sydney will experience Qantas’ globally-renowned international service. Business passengers will experience the Skybed Business […]