Qantas has begun upgrading its Airbus A330 fleet to fit all-new business class seats, with the first of 28 A330s rolling into the airline's heavy maintenance facility in Brisbane to begin its make-over.
Each jet will take around 30 days to be fitted with Qantas' new Business Suite.
The economy cabins will also get their share of attention, with new seats on the international A330-300 jets and a refresh of the existing economy cabin on the domestic A330-200s.
The overall process will see more than 500,000 new components installed across the A330 fleet, ranging from new seats and 21,000 seat cushions through to interior panels.
Qantas expects the first of the revamped A330s to begin flying in late December on an east-west route, to be followed by international flights in January 2015.
"It’s an exciting day for the team in Brisbane as our first A330 begins its transformation," said Phil Capps, Head of Customer Strategy for Qantas Domestic.
“It will take around 30 days for each aircraft to be fitted out with the new interior and our engineers will be working hard to get our first aircraft ready for service."
“We believe this seat will deliver the best travel experience between Australia and Asia and probably the best domestic travel experience anywhere in the world,” Capps added.
Virgin Australia will also launch new A330 business class seats next year, with the work being carried out in Singapore before the aircraft's debut on transcontinental flights in March 2015.
Follow Australian Business Traveller on Twitter: we're @AusBT