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Qantas IFE/Reconfig Update  
User currently offlineBeno From Australia, joined Aug 2002, 428 posts, RR: 4
Posted (11 years 4 months 3 weeks 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 4007 times:

Hi,

Just wondering if anyone has any further details on which QF aircraft have had the new IFE system installed and which aircraft have gone into 2 class, also which 743s will be the first to be upgraded and when will the complete upgrade proccess be completed (744/743 IFE, 10 744s into 2 class config).

I can confirm that OJJ has had the new system installed and OJB has gone into 2 class config.

Any further details.

Thanks

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User currently offlineQANTASpower From Australia, joined Aug 2002, 516 posts, RR: 7
Reply 1, posted (11 years 4 months 3 weeks 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 3939 times:

From what I understand OJA, OJB (Wunala), OJC (F1), OJD have been converted to 2 class.

User currently offlineAl From Australia, joined Jun 1999, 593 posts, RR: 2
Reply 2, posted (11 years 4 months 3 weeks 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 3867 times:

The info I have shows the 74J's are just on half way completed, with 5 (very nearly) of 10 done.
743 conversions scheduled to start mid-March (thru to October) and the two remaining Pac to Kangaroo fleet conversions (OJR / OJU) will be done as the last 3 744er's start operating in the Pac fleet. (anytime now/June/July)
All new IFE/PTV/ISV (call it what you will!) should be completed by April, as there are only 3 or 4 left to do.
733 conversion to all Y has started with 1 back on line and another to join it in the next week. 7 of these will be on line by end of March with all 13 done by July. (From all accounts, the "new" TJA looks quite smart with a complete makeover as well as being all Y).
Once the 744 fleet is sorted by July and with only 2 or 3 743's to go by then, conversion of the J class long haul seats starts.


User currently offlineBeno From Australia, joined Aug 2002, 428 posts, RR: 4
Reply 3, posted (11 years 4 months 3 weeks 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 3844 times:

AI,

Thanks for the info do have any idea on how the 737-400/800 interior upgrade is progressing and will the 743/763s be getting the new J class seats?

I also understand that OJE is in Auckland going into a 2 class config.

Thanks


User currently offlineBeno From Australia, joined Aug 2002, 428 posts, RR: 4
Reply 4, posted (11 years 4 months 3 weeks 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 3789 times:

For those who have not seen the new 744 economy cabin I have found this pic. I also understand that QF will convert some 767s possibly the 200s to all economy.

http://www.jetphotos.net/viewphoto.php?id=28457

Thanks


User currently offlineZK-NBT From New Zealand, joined Oct 2000, 5283 posts, RR: 11
Reply 5, posted (11 years 4 months 3 weeks 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 3778 times:

Doubt the 762's would be changed would they. I think they are leaving in 2004-2005.

Is OJC still in F1 scheme? I was under the the impression that it wasn't! What on earth is going on is OJB being repainted? I hope not that scheme is 1 of the best ever! How about EBU then? I heard that 1 of the 744ER's will get a special scheme!


User currently offlineAl From Australia, joined Jun 1999, 593 posts, RR: 2
Reply 6, posted (11 years 4 months 3 weeks 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 3759 times:

Heard nothing on the 734/738 refurb's Beno except for an increase in J seat numbers.
Some 76's *are* indeed apparently "planned" for conversion to all Y, but that's come from out of the blue, so not much further known on the details from my sources! If they do have surplus 76's domestically once the 330-300's can enable some international 76's to revert to domestic, I guess there is worse they could do than to convert a few of them to all Y config for mass leisure routes. Could still earn their keep and if it's the mum, dad and kids brigade on a cheapie break, they don't need to be ultra glam. The now tired 762's would probably fit that role very ably.

OJC was seen a couple of days ago in MEL in it's old special livery, so not sure if it's planned to be repainted or not, or where the idea has come from that it is repainted. The 4th of 6 744ER's is in Avalon getting pre service touch ups in a standard livery so only 2 left if there is another special livery (doubtful IMHO). If anything, I would have thought that one of the "new" 74J's would get a special paint job so it's seen in those ports not served by Wunala. Will be interesting to see what happens to Nalanji when she goes in for refurb.
At least one 330-300 will be delivered in domestic configuration, and the other 8 330-300's configuration is still unknown.
NLH goes home for good at end of March.
Apparently EBV headed to Avalon last night from SYD, so not sure if 743 refurb is starting a month early or if it was for some other reason.
Never rains but pours - no feeds or tidbits from sources for weeks, then whammo !!
Cheers.




User currently offlineBeno From Australia, joined Aug 2002, 428 posts, RR: 4
Reply 7, posted (11 years 4 months 3 weeks 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 3695 times:

Thanks for all your replies.

User currently offlineMELflyer From Australia, joined Jan 2005, 9 posts, RR: 6
Reply 8, posted (11 years 4 months 3 weeks 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 3685 times:

AI,

Just to confirm that the 4th 744ER has left AVV headed for SYD to start service. I saw it during the airshow and it looked wonderful.

Cheers

MELflyer


User currently offlineQantas744 From United Kingdom, joined May 2004, 246 posts, RR: 5
Reply 9, posted (11 years 4 months 3 weeks 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 3645 times:

Here is where the VH-OJC rumours have come from.....

http://www.planepictures.net/netshow.cgi?84856


Matt



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User currently offlineAl From Australia, joined Jun 1999, 593 posts, RR: 2
Reply 10, posted (11 years 4 months 3 weeks 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 3644 times:

Thanx for that MELFlyer and Qantas744. Wonder if it was a typo on the header of the picture. It's clearly OJE on the rego. (Mind you - top shot no matter if it is incorrectly titled!!)
Cheers.


User currently offlineRupertvander82 From France, joined Dec 2002, 411 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (11 years 4 months 3 weeks 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 3608 times:

The seats in the Economy class looks very cramped, eh? And the colour of the seat covers' so dull!

User currently offlineAustraveller From Australia, joined Feb 2003, 4 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (11 years 4 months 3 weeks 19 hours ago) and read 3564 times:

I flew between MEL and LHR on Christmas day and was in first class - so at least on the 25th of December it was still 3 class.

They even gave me a nice chocolate christmas present  Smile/happy/getting dizzy


User currently offlineBeno From Australia, joined Aug 2002, 428 posts, RR: 4
Reply 13, posted (11 years 4 months 3 weeks 2 hours ago) and read 3507 times:

I think all London flights will remain as a 3 class operation.

User currently offlineAustraveller From Australia, joined Feb 2003, 4 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (11 years 4 months 3 weeks 2 hours ago) and read 3501 times:

Sorry what I meant to say was that it was the F1 plane and it had 3 class config (well at almost 2 months ago it did)

User currently offlineBeno From Australia, joined Aug 2002, 428 posts, RR: 4
Reply 15, posted (11 years 4 months 3 weeks 1 hour ago) and read 3496 times:

I am almost positive OJC is now in 2 class config because it seems to operate QF5/6 alot which is a 2 class sector.

User currently offlineVH-BZF From Australia, joined Oct 1999, 830 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (11 years 4 months 3 weeks 1 hour ago) and read 3496 times:

My source in Qantas told me that only the B737-800 Yananyi Dreaming would remain with a special paint scheme. With Wunala, Nalanji & F1 B747-400's being repainted into their original paint schemes, ie as the rest of the fleet. Apparently the FIA have cracked the sads with Qantas over the F1 livery with one of their apparent sore points being the 'OneWorld' logo being too close to the F1 logo or something like that.............amazing considering it has been like that for 3 years & they have never said anything previously!

Get this though...................a brand new livery will be unveiled for Qantas on the A380-800's. So watcth out in 2006 a brand new image for Qantas!

Cheers - BZF



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User currently offlineMiami1 From Australia, joined Feb 2001, 706 posts, RR: 0
Reply 17, posted (11 years 4 months 2 weeks 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 3479 times:

Beno-
That may be the case but they are also operating some a/c as 'cosmetic' two class. Meaning that P class is actually there but it's used as J. This is until the refurbs are complete...


User currently offlineMarara From Australia, joined Oct 2001, 678 posts, RR: 0
Reply 18, posted (11 years 4 months 2 weeks 6 days 22 hours ago) and read 3475 times:

Some magazines have said that one of the new 74ERs will carry a new special livery to replace OJB


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User currently offlineVirginFlyer From New Zealand, joined Sep 2000, 4537 posts, RR: 42
Reply 19, posted (11 years 4 months 2 weeks 6 days 22 hours ago) and read 3475 times:

Following up on Marara, I have heard from various people that one of the 747-400ERs will be delivered in Wunala Dreaming colours (though there are only two left to be delivered, so we will soon see how true that is). It would be cool, although unlikely, if the remaining 744ERs came in Wunala and Nalanji colours!

V/F



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User currently offlineQANTASFOREVER From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 20, posted (11 years 4 months 2 weeks 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 3462 times:

VH-BZF:
Get this though...................a brand new livery will be unveiled for Qantas on the A380-800's. So watcth out in 2006 a brand new image for Qantas!

Whoa. Talk about a bombshell.

- Where did you hear this?

- Will this be new special sceme or something new for the whole fleet?

Regards,

QANTASFOREVER


User currently offlineMarara From Australia, joined Oct 2001, 678 posts, RR: 0
Reply 21, posted (11 years 4 months 2 weeks 6 days 13 hours ago) and read 3411 times:

QFF this has been around for a while if u check the right places. Good timing as well 'cause the QF livery looks weird on the 380 makes it look really stubby. At the same time look for a 'revised' SQ livery to coincide with the 380 launch


I like work: it fascinates me. I can sit and look at it for hours. Jerome K Jerome
User currently onlineBNE From Australia, joined Mar 2000, 3173 posts, RR: 12
Reply 22, posted (11 years 4 months 2 weeks 6 days 13 hours ago) and read 3411 times:

It seems like Qantas is segmenting it market.
They have 3 class for all of the high profile international routes, eg SYD-LAX, and 2 class service for the secondary routes, BNE-AKL-LAX,
It looks like the same is happening internally, If all the 737-300 go to single class they will most likely end up on the leisure routes. SYD-OOL, and the 737-800 would do all the major routes eg BNE-MEL. I was surprised to see that a 737-800 now was 12 seats in J compared to the previous 8.

If these kind of changes wouldn't it make scheduling more difficult if an aircraft goes unservicable.

Is there 3 types of 747-400 configurations. Pacific, Kangaroo and 2 class 747J or are there two types of 2 class configurations.

Haven't yet tried the International IFE, so looking forward to that.






Why fly non stop when you can connect
User currently offlineTsv From Australia, joined Nov 1999, 1641 posts, RR: 5
Reply 23, posted (11 years 4 months 2 weeks 6 days 11 hours ago) and read 3400 times:

"Get this though...................a brand new livery will be unveiled for Qantas on the A380-800's. So watcth out in 2006 a brand new image for Qantas!"

Well given that the A380 was once described as an A340 on top of a 747 I would guess that the livery change will be limited to two lots of "Qantas Spirit of Australia" titles on each side (ie one for each deck) and another roo on top of (or an alternative phrase depending on your imagination and nationality) the existing one on the tail!



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User currently offlineAl From Australia, joined Jun 1999, 593 posts, RR: 2
Reply 24, posted (11 years 4 months 2 weeks 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 3384 times:

It looks like the same is happening internally, If all the 737-300 go to single class they will most likely end up on the leisure routes. SYD-OOL, and the 737-800 would do all the major routes eg BNE-MEL.

While the main target for the 733's are so called leisure routes, the list of ports/routes getting them do include some traditional J class ports, so it will be interesting to see how that pans out in the scheme of things.
It seems to me that the citiflyer branding will link mainline ports/routes only and/or will be a premium product with upgraded meals and the such. The other routes will become more of a "regional" style - boxed grub (if any) and decreased service levels operating leisure.
Also seems to me like distinct branding is gradually coming to the fore, so that you know instantly what you are booking/getting:
International Premium (3 class)
International (2 class long haul and regional Asia/Pac)
Citiflyer (Premium domestic - routes &/or timings)
"QFLink" (Leisure domestic - routes &/or timings)
RegionalLink (Minor Ports and feeders).
Of course if you're looking at a route that has Citiflyer and QFLink operated flights, you'd go for the Citiflyer to get the free beer !!!!  Smile/happy/getting dizzy

I was surprised to see that a 737-800 now was 12 seats in J compared to the previous 8.

734 and 73H are going to 20 J seats when they get refurb'd is the oil I have. Probably to take up the slack on
jointly used 733/734-H routes.

Is there 3 types of 747-400 configurations. Pacific, Kangaroo and 2 class 747J or are there two types of 2 class configurations.

You got it dood !! Three 744 subfleets. K, P and J. Only 1 config of the 2 class 744.

Cheers.


25 Thadocta : Just as far as the IFE goes, I flew on VH-OED - an "ugly sister" - from BNE to SYD last Saturday (22/2) and it had not been reconfigured - those PTV's
26 Tsentsan : Hi all, Regarding OJB and OJC. OJB is in AVV now getting repainted. OJC yesterday operated empty to the US to be repainted into normal livery. One of
27 QANTASFOREVER : OJB is in AVV now getting repainted. Oh S***. I'm nervous now. Surely QANTAS would not destroy one of (if not the) world's greatest aircraft liveries
28 VirginFlyer : Tsentsan - another variation on that rumour is that OJC will be getting the World Cup livery, and OEI or OEJ will be getting the Wunala scheme. Of cou
29 Al : Surely QANTAS would not destroy one of (if not the) world's greatest aircraft liveries of all time?!?!? You're kidding, right? Wunula is a shocker. Hi
30 Post contains images QANTASFOREVER : You're kidding, right? Wunula is a shocker. Hideous ugly thing - one of the worst liveries to grace the skies. Ok AI, I disagree but I accept your poi
31 Tsv : Al where did you get your info on the 733s, 734s, and 73Hs? "733 conversion to all Y has started with 1 back on line and another to join it in the nex
32 Al : Info on the 733's came from QF themselves, in response to a question on why future confirmed J class trips were coming back as sked changed into Y cla
33 Tsv : Thanks for the info Al. What this means to me is that if I see "733" on the booking options I will steer clear of it and chose one of the other option
34 Al : With regards to the 767-300s being reconfigured; are they going to be operated by Qantas themselves or are these the ones earmarked for Australian Air
35 Beno : So if all 733s are going to be all economy what happens to the international routes that the 733 currently flies i.e New Zealand, Bali, Pacific Island
36 Marara : Bali is more of a leisure route that will suit the 733s well, same goes for the Pacific Islands. Not sure about other current 733 routes. If J class i
37 Qantaspower : Does anybody know how many 744's are still without the new IFE. Should only be 2 or 3 now.
38 Beno : I think its just the older GE 744s I think OEB,OED don't have them but I think OEC does.
39 Beno : Just an update on the latest info I have all 744s will be completed by the 31st of March (Same day VH-NLH goes back to BA). And the first 743 VH-EBV i
40 Qantas744 : I hate to break the bad news to some of you guys but I saw VH-OJC in Sydney this morning (13/3) wearing the same livery as the 747-400ERs. Looked like
41 QANTAS747 : How and where do you people find this stuff out! And I think it is a great shame to lose Wunala Colour scheme..... although I prefer the Nalangi colou
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