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QF Skybed?

Tue Dec 02, 2003 3:55 pm

I will be flying in business from LHR to SYD with QF end of January 2004 and return mid March and was wondering if all planes at that time will be with the new Skybed in business?

Does anyone know when this upgrade is finished - I seem to remember that the kangaroo route will be among the first to receive the new seats?!

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RE: QF Skybed?

Tue Dec 02, 2003 4:06 pm

From memory first aircraft to be installed service Hong Kong, Singapore and London so you should be all set.

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RE: QF Skybed?

Tue Dec 02, 2003 4:09 pm

There is only one definate aircraft at the minute with one other due out very shortly. I think there may be 3 by the time you travel. Please check with QF Telephone Sales to make sure your aircraft is equipped.
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RE: QF Skybed?

Tue Dec 02, 2003 4:26 pm

The routes first picked for Skybed are QF1/2 and I think 127/128 to HKG their flagship routes, the skybed equipped aircraft will be given preference over these routes first. However in September when it was launched for us industry people it was anticipated (note not guaranteed) they would have enough configured aircraft to cover these routes by the end of January. However four months is a long time, pehaps someone from Qantas can confirm how many aircraft have been configured?

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RE: QF Skybed?

Tue Dec 02, 2003 5:47 pm

Only 1 Aircraft currently has the skybed configuration. The second is due out today, with the 3rd by 19th December.

This will enable all QF 1 & 2 flights to be skybed equipped, with QF 31/32 & LHR-MEL flights following from Jan- June.
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RE: QF Skybed?

Tue Dec 02, 2003 8:28 pm

Notice who else competes on these routes? (SQ and CX, and BA-all of whom have also installed......thats right). Just goes to show that competition does make a difference in improving airline products. The US carriers and Air NZ are in no shape to upgrade their long haul aircraft with skybeds, so I expect we'll see the LAX route be the last to be fitted.
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RE: QF Skybed?

Tue Dec 02, 2003 8:47 pm

Actually Qantasclub, the LAX/JFK routes are next on the list, the last to be fitted will be the 2 class 747's. (CDG, FRA etc) So from around the middle of next year UA will be up against QF's skybed on the MEL/SYD - LAX runs.
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RE: QF Skybed?

Tue Dec 02, 2003 9:24 pm

And additionally, Qantasclub, Air New Zealand are tipped to introduce a 'Skybed' style J Class next year, replacing both first and business class on their 747s.

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RE: QF Skybed?

Tue Dec 02, 2003 10:54 pm

I stand corrected. Interesting. Looks like it's evolving into an industry standard for business class. UA will have to charge alot less for their J class tickets on competing sectors with Qantas-having a bed vs a seat on a LONG haul flight is quite a difference in product. ANZ's business class is already quite a bit cheaper than Qantas's.
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RE: QF Skybed?

Tue Dec 02, 2003 11:14 pm

Which are the two 744s that currently have the SkyBed?
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RE: QF Skybed?

Tue Dec 02, 2003 11:36 pm

From the YSSY website, I believe OJL is the current Skybed with OJS due out today, and OJM due out on the 19th December
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RE: QF Skybed?

Wed Dec 03, 2003 10:12 am

It should also be noted that Qantas recently opened another hanger at Avalon to speed up the installation of the SkyBeds.
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RE: QF Skybed?

Wed Dec 03, 2003 10:51 am

And of course once more of the A333's arrive, they will be refurbished with Skybeds as well and will serve medium haul routes currently flown by 763's. Certainly cant wait for that.


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