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Booking a Qantas Business flight to Japan and I am very confused about whether all Qantas business seats are flat bed or if there are still some in the process of being changed. Can anyone enlighten me?
Cathay Pacific - Asia Miles
Member since 01 Feb 2015
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It depends where you are flying from?
If you are flying out of BNE, they operate an A330- which is more likely to have the MK1 Skybed (which is not lie flat- it is at an angle) as supposed to the new Business Suite (although there might be a refurb'd aircaft operating on occasion)
If you are flying out of SYD, QF operate a 747, which most of the time has the Refurb'd Skybed MKII which is lie flat. The remainder of the time QF use a unrefurbished 747 with SkyBed MKI (same as the unrefurb'd A330) which is not lie flat- it is at an angle. However the unrefurbished aircraft have the old first class which is sold as business class (which is lie flat).
Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer
Member since 25 May 2012
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Beat me to it! :)
It depends on which route you're flying.
If it's Sydney to Haneda (or return), then you'll be on a 747 which will most likely have the Skybed II seats (fully flat, but in a 2-2-2 config on the lower deck, and 2-2 on the upper deck).
If it's Brisbane to Narita (or return), then it'll be an A330. Not all of the Qantas' A330 fleet has the new Business Suite as they're in the middle of the refurbishment process. You may get an older config with the original Skybed (angled lie flat). However it's the luck of the draw at the moment with any advance bookings.
You guys are fast with your answers! Thanks. The flight is Syd to Narita and not until May 2016. Do you think all the refurbishments will be completed by then?
I do believe they'll be refurbishing the older 747 config.
It'll be retired as more A330s are refurbished and the newer 787s join the fleet.
Member since 12 Dec 2012
Total posts 289
They don't fly to Narita (NRT) from Sydney. They fly to Haneda (HND). Are you sure about NRT?
The A330 refurbishments are due to be complete in late 2016. No more 747s are getting refurbished. The 2 unrefurbished 747s are getting retired over the next year.
Member since 10 Apr 2013
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Only 1 747 is being retired in FY16. But if they retime the SYD-HND and swap to A330s and swap the SYD-HKG to A330 they will be able to retire 3 747s before the 787-9s arrive bringing it down to 8 747s.
Any ideas on what the business seats are like on the Syd-Mel-HongKong route?
They use A330s on the MEL-HKG route, so you'll have the same problem as I mentioned above. Last I've heard of the progress of the refurbishments is that they're about half complete.
On SYD-HKG, it depends on your travel dates as they occasionally fly the A380s there instead of A330s. On the A380s you'll have the Skybed II
The perils of a bad back. Thanks for all your answers.
A330s fly the BNE-NRT route. Most flights since it started last month have been the refurbished A330s.
747s are used for SYD-HND. Any of the 747s can be used on this route. The 2 remaining unrefurbished aircraft are more likely to be used on the JNB and HND routes then the transpac routes.
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