High demand and lower fuel prices will see Qantas retain and refresh two of its Boeing 747s instead of retiring them by mid-2017 to make way for the Boeing 787.
The two jumbos will be given a bit of a spruce including "full reconfigured cushions" on the business class Skybed seats "for additional comfort, a Qantas spokeswoman confirmed to Australian Business Traveller, along with new seat covers in all three cabins.
The former first class cabin at the nose of the jumbo's lower deck – which has since been given over to business class – will also be given a new colour palette to align more with the A380 interior including new carpet, seat covers, tray tables and new consoles.
Also on the make-over menu: new cabin lighting throughout the entire aircraft "to provide a modern interior ambience", and an updated galley to streamline meal preparation, particularly for breakfasts.
These Boeing 747s will fly on routes including Santaigo, Johannesburg and seasonal Vancouver flights, but it's only a short-term reprieve: Qantas says the jumbos will be put out to pasture once "the transition to the Boeing 787 aircraft is underway."
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