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Qantas New Business Class

Sun Jun 22, 2003 6:04 am

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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RE: Qantas New Business Class

Sun Jun 22, 2003 6:37 am

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.

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RE: Qantas New Business Class

Sun Jun 22, 2003 8:07 am

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.
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RE: Qantas New Business Class

Sun Jun 22, 2003 9:55 am

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?

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RE: Qantas New Business Class

Sun Jun 22, 2003 10:52 am

I've heard that it's not 100% final that the K and P aircraft will be the same configuration.
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RE: Qantas New Business Class

Mon Jun 23, 2003 6:09 am

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

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