With regards to Qantas domestic business class.

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Scottyrud

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With regards to Qantas domestic business class.

Are there some aircraft that have an angled lie flat seat as opposed to the recliner style? If so which aircraft are they? How do you search for these particular flights?

henrus

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Member since 23 Oct 2013

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Hi Scott

Currently none of the Domestic Qantas Aircraft have a lie flat bed

That is something qantas is in the process of upgrading

You can read more here http://www.ausbt.com.au/all-new-qantas-business-class-on-domestic-international-routes-by-year-s-end

There are some International Aircraft which operate flights within Australia an example of this is QF8 which arrives from the US and stops in Brisbane before continuing to Sydney

You can book Business Class on this flight and you will get a flat bed but you have to leave from an International Airport and you a bound to LAG's Search

watson374

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Member since 17 Aug 2012

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QF 8 has a fully-flat seat, not angled - but yes, it's one tactic.

watson374

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Qantas has four A330-200s with angled lie-flat seating[1], and as I understand it these are frequently found on transcontinental flagships (e.g. PER-MEL, PER-SYD). These are the only aircraft with such seating that can be found domestically - B767s and B737s all have recliners only.

Unfortunately, there are also a number of A330-200s with recliners. Because it is impossible to view the aircraft configuration before booking - and equipment changes happen often - there is to my knowledge no way to find out beforehand which are these "particular flights" within the standard QF website[2].

All I can say confidently is, 'Good luck.'

[1] There are also ten A330-300s with angled lie-flat seating, but these are now used almost exclusively on International services to SIN, HKG, BKK, etc.

[2] I am not sure if you can use ExpertFlyer for this purpose, but I don't use it so I will leave this to other members who do.

074061

Cathay Pacific - Asia Miles

Member since 25 Apr 2013

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watson374, SeatGuru will help you find if your seat is angled flat or a recliner.

watson374

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Alvin, what I am saying is that you can know everything about the configurations, but there are at least three different configurations that all show up as 'A330-200' in the booking engine, and there is no way to tell which one it is before you book - and domestically there are many swaps, and horror stories abound of times when so-and-so had a Skybed I lined up only to be swapped for a 738 with Millennium seats.

Scottyrud

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Member since 28 Mar 2014

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Thanks henrus

This would explain why sometimes in the past I have been in one of these styles of business class seats and other times it has been the regular reclining seat. Now that Qantas has stopped flying internationally from Perth I will have to wait until next year.

watson374

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It was at one point not unheard of for Skybed-equipped A330s to fly on the Triangle, but then the B767s were drafted into Triangle service en masse as they can turn in 45 min (the A330s needed 80 min, a fatal weakness on the Triangle, so they were packed off to transcon, international and Jetstar).

abudhabi1

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I am surprised it took that long to turn an A330 around on the Triangle.Going back to the A300's just after the 1993 Merger They could do those in half the time and it was about the same size.

watson374

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That was what I was told, anyway. I too was shocked, but I'll admit that the B767 turnaround of 45 minutes is pretty good.

Scottyrud

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Member since 28 Mar 2014

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Thats what I thought Watson374 they do have some domestic aircraft with angled flat beds.

But my question to knowing which flights they are is the mystery...

Usually the red eye flight from Perth to Sydney in the A320-200 seems to have this style of business class seat so if anyone knows which return flight usually flys this style of seat it would be appreciated.

watson374

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It appears that it then turns in SYD to form the 8-ish morning flight back to PER.

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