Crosscheck From Australia, joined Jun 2000, 153 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (12 years 1 month 2 weeks 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 2757 times:
No not as yet. The new Qantas Business Class "Skybed" is launched online in September this year. They will be on the London & Hong Kong routes first. The config of the aircraft will be 14P/50J/315Y, with no Kangaroo or Pacific config's just the on type for all 3 class destinations. Qantas has stated they will be keeping First Class on the following routes, LHR, SIN, BKK, HKG, LAX & JFK. Hope that helps.
Al From Australia, joined Jun 1999, 593 posts, RR: 1
Reply 2, posted (12 years 1 month 2 weeks 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 2708 times:
I believe QF1 on 15 Sep is still planned as rollout day and when the product starts flying. The JBeds on the 3class 744's are but a part of a whole new premium class rollout. F and J service, menus, amenities and the such will all change at the same time the JBeds start appearing. A new self service bar unit will appear on the main cabin deck in J with all manner of tidbits, both liquid and food, on offer through the flight. While not going as far as VS by putting stools there, it is a dedicated self serve bar unit, about the width of a block of 4 seats in the middle.
These will be placed on both 3 class and 2 class 744's and the 743's (if they still remain) from what I am led to believe.
As crosscheck alluded to, there will be no longer any difference in config to the K and P fleets, although the 6 ER's will remain on the LAX runs for nearly all of their operations. From what I understand, having the little bit extra oomph on the ER's allows QF to abolish the extra J seating currently on the P fleet. As the ER's can make the southbound runs from LAX without penalty, there is no longer a need to keep the larger J cabin, which was introduced because of payload restrictions southbound ex LAX. If the winds are up, then the 1 or 2 flights that night from LAX being operated by standard 744's can have payload moved to the ER's operating that night if necessary, or to the 2 class 744 operating via AKL.
Despite studies and project evalutations continuing, it appears very unlikely the 2 class 744's will get the JBeds.