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Only two of Qantas' remaining Boeing 747s still sport first class in the nose of this Queen of the Skies...
... with 14 suites which are quite a 'blast from the past'.
While those suites aren't sold as first class, which now exists only on the Qantas Airbus A380s, they're mainly offered to top-tier Qantas Frequent Flyers (Platinum, Platinum One and Chairman's Lounge members) booked into business class.
Now one of the oldest jumbos in the Qantas fleet (registration VH-OEB, which began flying in 1993 and first carried the Qantas colours in 1998) has received a first class refresh.
The Airline Hub Buzz website has shared these photos of the revamped first class cabin, which reportedly made its debut yesterday on the QF27 flight between Sydney and Santiago.
The new seat padding and coverings, fresh carpet and gussied-up cabin fixtures certainly transform the cabin from what it looked like before this make-over.
Here's another 'before' photo...
... and the 'after' shot.
Airline Hub Buzz claims the primary reason for the refresh "would be that the aircraft will be used by Constellation Journeys, an established travel company, for a private 'round the world' charter" from April 2018 which will see these seats once again sold as first class.
In addition to Sydney-Santiago flights, other routes which most see these classic Boeing 747s include Tokyo and Johannesburg – so if you've got status on your side, check your seating options online and see if you can snare one of these first class suites in rows 1 through 4.
Qantas won't be rolling out this refresh to its oldest Boeing 747-400 (registration VH-OJM), which the airline expects to retire in the next few months.