Qantas rolls out cabin changes and internet survey

Qantas rolls out cabin changes and internet survey

There are several new developments regarding the Australian airline Qantas Airways Limited that might interest travelers who tend to purchase business class fares.

First, Australian Business Traveler reports that Qantas plans to give 21 of its Airbus A380 and Boeing 747-400 aircraft makeovers that will allow the planes to sit more passengers. However, fliers who prefer to purchase first class airfares might be disheartened to learn that with these changes will come the removal of all 14 first class seats from the company's fleet of the 747-400s.

In addition, the business class sections in the Boeing aircraft that Qantas plans to reconfigure will see the number of available seats cut from 66 to 58, according to the news source. With the new cabin layout will come space for fully-flat Skybed II seat-beds, which will be reserved for passengers who purchase business class tickets.

According to Qantas' website, their Skybeds, which are available to individuals who fly international business class, feature extensive seat adjustment controls which help people of all heights assume the most comfortable position while in the air. Among the features included in these chairs are a meal table, back massage, light, shoe compartment and privacy screen.

When Qantas finishes its redesign of the aircraft, passengers from the tip of the plane to its tail will be able to enjoy a new in-flight entertainment system, the news outlet reports. The airline's Airbus 380s will also lose their first class cabins but retain their business class sections.

Meanwhile, the news source also reports that Qantas has begun to survey its customers on the ways in which they would use in-flight internet access and how much they would be willing to pay for it.

According to Lifehacker Australia, the airline has only offered short message service on its international flights. However, the new survey and the fact that Qantas has been running mobile network trials leads some to believe that the company may be willing to provide passengers with internet access on its domestic flights.

Australian Business Traveler states that when Qantas asks customers how much they would be willing to spend for internet access, they leave the questions open-ended rather than giving them a price range. When it comes to which services would be most appealing to fliers, the airline lists such options as personal email, voice calls, online gaming and social networking. 

By Christopher Straub

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