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Qantas New Business Class  
User currently offlineBaldguy From Canada, joined May 2001, 148 posts, RR: 0
Posted (12 years 11 months 1 week 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 2976 times:

Have any of the QF fleet been refitted yet with the new Business 'pod' seat?

And, will this be replacing F class?

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User currently offlineCrosscheck From Australia, joined Jun 2000, 153 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (12 years 11 months 1 week 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 2955 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.


User currently offlineAl From Australia, joined Jun 1999, 593 posts, RR: 2
Reply 2, posted (12 years 11 months 1 week 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 2906 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.

User currently offlineBeno From Australia, joined Aug 2002, 428 posts, RR: 4
Reply 3, posted (12 years 11 months 1 week 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 2860 times:

So only the 3 class 744s and new A333s will get the J beds, but all 744.743/A333s will get the upgraded biz service which includes the self serve bar and new menus etc is this correct?

User currently offlineV Jet From Australia, joined May 1999, 719 posts, RR: 2
Reply 4, posted (12 years 11 months 1 week 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 2844 times:

I've heard that it's not 100% final that the K and P aircraft will be the same configuration.

User currently offlineAl From Australia, joined Jun 1999, 593 posts, RR: 2
Reply 5, posted (12 years 11 months 1 week 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 2694 times:

Last I heard Beno, no Airbii were getting JBeds - only 3 class 744's.

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