Qantas will upgrade selected Sydney-Singapore and Melbourne-Singapore flights with its all-new Business Suite business class seating from this weekend.
The first of 10 international Airbus A330-300 jets fitted with the lie-flat seats at the pointy end is planned to debut on the Melbourne-Singapore QF35 flight this coming Saturday January 17, before turning around to become the overnight QF82 Singapore-Sydney redeye.
Read the AusBT review: Qantas Airbus A330 Business Suite
The same aircraft will alternate between the Sydney-Singapore and Melbourne-Singapore routes every two days until more refitted A330-300s join the Qantas International fleet in the coming months.
“By March we’ll have five domestic and international A330s, and by August we’ll have 11” Kylie Morris, Qantas' Head of Customer Experience (below), recently told Australian Business Traveller.
"We want to focus on getting good penetration into Singapore, and then as we get more (upgraded) aircraft we’ll focus on other Asian destinations and Honolulu."
The current international A330s are fitted with 30 of the original Skybed I business class seats, which have an angled lie-flat design and a 2-2-2 layout.
By comparison, the refurbished A330s get 28 fully-flat Business Suites in a 1-21 layout...
... with each passenger enjoying a recline mode for take-off and landing, direct aisle access plus plenty of work and storage space.
Travellers on tighter budgets aren't forgotten, with 269 new Recaro economy seats based on those of Qantas' flagship Airbus A380.
Each economy seat includes a 'footnet' into which passengers can tuck their feet, an oversized 'multidirectional' headrest, a 11.1 inch video screen with USB port and a shared AC power socket.
To date the only other Asian route timetabled for the Business Suite is the new Brisbane-Narita service which begins on August 1.
- AusBT review: Qantas Airbus A330 Business Suite
- Best seats: Qantas domestic Airbus A330-200 Business Suite business class
- Up close with Qantas' next-gen business class
- 10 things you didn't know about the new Qantas Business Suite
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