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.