I have a friend flying to London mid Oct of QF1. I have been told that enough aircraft are now fitted with the IFE that all London flights are now on the upgraded aircraft as they have given these flights preference.
The pictures of the IFE I have seen which was on OJE (the first to be fitted) look very good, but why is OJE still got the old interior yet OJC which was the second to be fitted got the new interior? Does all the other 744s have the new interior as well?
When planned, the IFE upgrade was to commence mid 01 and the upgrade of the interiors from Jan 02. As such approx 6-7 744's were to have the IFE installed with the "old" interiors in place. Why this was the case is beyond me as it seems so stupid to then recall the 744's equipped with the new IFE and old interiors to then replace the old interiors with the new interior.
Then came Sept 11 and the collapse of AN and I think QF then slowed down on the installation as they needed the planes for domestic services. They also must have come to their senses and decided to upgrade the interior as well on all 744's having the IFE installed. As such I think only one 744 has the IFE and the old interior.
Incidentally, in November last year I went on a holiday to Perth and flew on OJE. It was one of the best flights I have ever had. Watching a movie and playing games on the flight from SYD to Perth was fantastic. It is a really good system.
So which other aircraft will go 2 class? So far i've heard OJD, OJF, OJG and OJH going 2 class I would think OJI and OJJ will aswell! 10 are going 2 class I think so maybe a couple of the other older Kangaroo aircraft. I guess OEB, OEC and OED will remain Pacific aircraft with the GE engines.