Qantas continues its roll-out of the upgraded Boeing 747s today with the third rejigged jumbo taking off from Brisbane today as the QF15 flight to Los Angeles.
The refurbished aircraft now boasts enhanced seats and other fittings already seen on Qantas' Airbus A380, including the fully flat Skybeds in business class.
The plane and its upgraded siblings will be found on Qantas' longest routes, with a spokeswoman confirming this will include the marathon 15+ hour Sydney-Dallas flight, Sydney-Buenos Aires (which will be Sydney-Santiago from March) and Brisbane-Los Angeles.
From May 6th Qantas will introduce another of the upgraded 747s onto the Los Angeles-New York "tag" flight which continues from Qantas' flights into LAX, as part of a reshuffle of routes and aircraft announced this week.
A Qantas spokesperson confirmed to Australian Business Traveller that "there will be one reconfigured (Boeing 747) approximately every month with all nine to be complete by October."
Inside Qantas' refurbished Boeing 747
Qantas has swapped out the first class section in the nose of its newest 747s for improved business class seats.
They're the Marc Newson-designed second-generation Skybeds, which go fully flat rather than ending up at an angle to the floor.
(Why is the second-generation version of the Skybed better? We explain in our article debunking the lie-flat lie.)
You'll also find new seats in economy, and the premium economy section located further forward in the plane.
Join us for a photo tour of Qantas' refurbished 747s for all the details.
Are you on an upgraded plane with better seats?
If you don't track aircraft registration numbers (and few normal people do), there's a fairly simple way to tell whether your flight will have the comfier business class seats.
Just check whether or not you can potentially book seats in the nose of the jumbo as a business class passenger -- and count the number of seats across. Here's what the layout looks like:
If there are four seats in row 1, you're on a refurbished plane and can look forward to a fully flat second-generation Skybed II rather than the angled-flat first-generation version.
If you're on a rejigged jumbo, check out our guide to picking the best seat in business class on board.