Update | The first of the make-over Boeing 767s is now flying, and we've got all the details and photos – including a look at its simple but clever iPad-friendly seats!
Previous | Qantas is embarking on a multi-million dollar refresh of its Boeing 767 fleet as the airline attempts to fend off Virgin Australia in the fight for domestic market share.
16 of the aging 767s are in line for the upgrade, beginning October this year.
They'll each receive new Marc Newson interiors with what Qantas promises will be a "contemporary design".
The business class seats will be re-covered with charcoal leather upholstery, with aubergine tones in economy – you can see a preview of both in this mockup shot of the new cabin below.
Other enhancements will include new carpet, curtains and dividers plus brighter lighting.
The iPads will be offered free of charge to travellers in business and economy, supplanting the handful of small screens which currently hang from the 767's ceilings or are fixed into the bulkhead.
In another previously-announced refurb project, Qantas will trial a new overhead bin system for its Boeing 737-800 aircraft that's designed to fit not only larger carry-on bags, but more of them.
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