Since the new QF A330 seat maps are out, what are people's thoughts?

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hutch

Member since 07 Oct 2012

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Since the new QF A330 seat maps are out, what are people's thoughts?

RealKid

Member since 20 May 2014

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Where did you see the new seatmaps?  Have they loaded the schedule of where he updated bird is flying yet?

watson374

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I can't find any seat maps on the QF site. Where are you getting yours from?

hutch

Member since 07 Oct 2012

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The qantas source had them a few days ago. I assume so would seat guru (but I haven't checked).

TheRealBabushka

Member since 21 Apr 2012

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I went to the Qantas source website but I can't seem to find the new seat maps. On a different note however there were news of several LAX and LHR flights that were operating as charter services, in place of the scheduled service.

How does Qantas decide when it is appropriate to cancel a scheduled service to accommodate a charter request?

What happens if you're booked well in advance (e.g 12 months) before the scheduled service was pulled in favour of a charter?

Can Qantas accommodate you on the charter service if you're not willing to accept an alternative booking, once the scheduled service has been cancelled to accommodate a charter?

Or can charter services only be requested and finalised at a minimum of 12 months prior to the flight to ensure no tickets for the scheduled service is sold to the general public?

hutch

Member since 07 Oct 2012

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I was at LAX last Monday when QF12 operated as a charter. From what I saw everyone getting on board basically had the same dress code - white male,  light blue white stripped business shirts. I thought it rather odd and then saw the QF Source reference. 

Back to your query, I'd say Qantas would accomodate you on other services. If youre not willing to accept the rebooking,  I'd suggest they would have to refund you.

Cant provide any info on whether other passengers can go on charters. 

watson374

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Hey TRB, the seat maps are on The Qantas Source. Go to the usual seat maps section, and you'll find the new maps under the aircraft type. The new configs for the -200 and -300 are both 28J; there is only the one 28J config for each type as none of the old configs are 28J.

msport2012

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Just checked seat guru and nothing there except the current seat maps. 

hutch

Member since 07 Oct 2012

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Thanks. Just checked QF Source and they are there.

watson374

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Looking at the seat map, two points stand out to me:

  1. The second J lavatory has been moved to the rear of the cabin on the K side of the aircraft. Why? I think it's quite silly. The old config has both of them at the front, which means the queue can bunch in one area.
  2. The third Y lavatory in the middle bloc near Doors 3R and 3L has been removed. This leaves just four lavatories across the entire Y cabin, and the worst part is that the one removed was the large ambulant one.

Apart from that, I can't say anything about the new seat maps.

hutch

Member since 07 Oct 2012

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Hmmmmm.

1. On the -300 I have no idea why they moved it. But I find odd is that the -200 (according to these maps) only has 1 J toilet.

2. I see things differently. On the -300 I see 6 Y toilets and on the -200 I see 5.

watson374

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Huh.

  1. Now that I think about it, it would help reduce crowding around the cockpit door for the -300. It splits the bathroom queue into two discrete queues, one fore and one aft, but whether that's a good thing or bad isn't certain. At the very least, both are accessible from both aisles. Having on one J lavatory on the -200 is something I dearly hope is an error.
  2. I was looking at the -300 only when I made the original comment. I honestly think that the loss of one lavatory is quite severe, especially with the heavy peak of bathroom visits in the short window between breakfast and landing on the Asian redeyes. It's paid off with a net gain of two Y seats, and that's quite stupid. That said, one Y lav less on the -200 should be manageable; the seat-to-lavatory ration is about the same.

hutch

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Sorry I missed the 7th toilet on the current - 300. I sense that it'll cope okay with 6 Y toilets.

Agreed that the -200 J loo situation looks dire.

watson374

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It has the same number of J seats as the -300, so it definitely looks dire. Imagine stampeding hordes of J pax coming into Y for the bathrooms...

(Also, it's interesting to note that the four international -200s are going to lose 8J for 44Y. Very interesting...)

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