Will Qantas be upgrading the IFE on their A380 to the newer software found on the Upgraded A330?

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harrycarr6

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Will Qantas be upgrading the IFE on their A380 to the newer software found on the Upgraded A330?

oruspicarous

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Probably after the A330 refurbs are complete...

hutch

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No way of knowing. Hopefully QF will look at an A380 refurb program after the A330's are done, as the 380 will be coming up to the mid way point of their lives and the product has been overtaken - particulary in business.

riley

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Probably not. They seem quite proud of their inferior IFE offering.

Not in the same league as EK / CX / SG etc.

djcz

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Never flown with QF on the A380 and I'm not going to until they remove those green seats

riley

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Aren't they just timelessly upholstered?

What's worse is the armrests that lift up to about a 70 degree angle, rendering the spare seat next to you as useless. That is just bad design.

But the Qantas that procured those aircraft in the mid 2000s isn't the Qantas we see today. Who knows, they might just let them waste away like the 744s or they may raise the bar and rekit them to retain the flagship status. 

I suspect the 787 / 777x decision will impact the next move on the A380. 

trevor2

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But Qantas refurbed a good portion of the 744s up to A380 standard? How is this letting them waste away?

riley

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They were the ERs. If you've flown a 744, not the ER, you'll know what I mean.

hutch

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Only 11 QF 747's left. 9 of them are Refurb. They have 6 ER versions. 

hutch

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A section of the A380 has green seats. Not the whole Y cabin. I like the green seats, but each to their own.

trevor2

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You'd like to think this will be done. It would make sense to do so whilst refurbing the fleet. Even if Qantas is trying to divest itself of the A380s, all the next-generation aircraft that have been mentioned in recent AusBT articles would not come into operation for quite some years, and that is a long time to hang onto outdated hard products - particularly in Business and arguably First with the lack of closed/private suites (refurbing First for a limited shelf life would be harder to justify, however).

riley

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When the first product deteriates, demand subsides, which adds weight to "there's no demand for it" and it gets ripped out and replaced with premium economy. 

First is for the most discerning customer, with the travellers being afforded all perks enjoyed through loyalty, thus are afforded complete discretion on their carrier choice. That makes for a fickle market if you find your first offering lagging behind your competitors. Not even bringing the cost into the equation. 

madge

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Qantas mostly maintains an F cabin for flights to America. Their competition there either has no F (DL/VA/NZ) of a sub-par F offering (UA).

Though F to LHR it easily outclassed by many other options, not all F pax want fawning service and a decadent cabin.

riley

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Good synopsis.

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