Qantas removes middle seat from business class on new Airbus A330sQantas removes middle seat from business class on new Airbus A330s
Australian flag carrier Qantas has removed the middle seat from the business class cabin on two new Airbus A330 jets after receiving complaints from frequent passengers, reports Australian Business Traveller.
The two new planes feature several amenities in the premium cabin, including seats made by Recaro, meal service provided by celebrity chef Neil Perry and screens displaying an expansive in-flight entertainment system. Qantas is in the midst of revamping its business class offerings due to the expectation that regional competitor Virgin Blue will be expanding its corporate service later this year.
In order to increase the number of people flying in business class, however, Qantas added a middle seat to each row, using a 2-3-2 arrangement rather than the 2-2-2 seating layout standard on other planes. Passengers who frequently fly on Qantas for business complained, and the airline recently announced that it was rethinking its seating strategy and will eliminate the new addition.
Currently, the new jets are being used on flights to Perth from Qantas hubs in Sydney and Melbourne, meaning that passengers flying to the Western Australian capital from the U.S. would likely ride on the new planes as part of a multi-leg itinerary.