qf002 wrote:redroo wrote:Re QFA330 I will never understand why they went for a domestic and an international configuration. Having a consistent product, seating, galleys, etc across the fleet would have simplified operations and enabled the aircraft to switch seamlessly from a domestic to an international flight.
They do only have one configuration, the problem is that it's geared towards domestic rather than international. They were already losing a big chunk of seats to make space for the new J (going from 300+ to 271) so to then dedicate even more space across the entire fleet for larger galleys, more toilets, crew rest etc when the primary role of the -200s is for domestic services didn't make sense.
Many of us on here foresaw the need for some international -200s but QF was more interested in saving a few pennies which means they either have to spend more now to make their fleet work for their network (ideally I think they would prefer to have more -300s and a smaller -200 fleet) or just hope that passengers will put up with a poorer experience for the next decade until the A330s are replaced.
How often do they get interchanged? I assume crew rest isn't required for most of Asia and if it is a single business seat could be blocked. From an economy pax perspective the iPads aren't that much of a downgrade. The challenge would be for cabin crew, and catering for limited stowarge, bench and oven space for two full international meal services.
Be interesting if QF makes many changes in Asia with the 380s, moving into the region on a more permanent basis. I don't know what to expect but I feel a few other changes coming in Asia.
I'd also like to agree with the general sentiment on how enjoyable the AU aviation discussions are, lively but respectable and of high quality! Thank you it's a pleasure reading the communities thoughts and ideas!