Qantas to upgrade business class on international flights

Qantas to upgrade business class on international flights

Qantas, the national airline of Australia, is expected to revamp its premium cabins on Boeing 747 jets used on long-haul international flights, according to Australian Business Traveller.

Under the terms of the recently introduced plan, Qantas will upgrade nine 747-400 jets, changing their business class cabins to those more in the style of the larger Airbus A380 superjumbo. The lie-angled seats that are currently installed in the 747s will be replaced with SkyBed seats, which lie flat.

The upgraded jets are also expected to be fitted with new personal entertainment systems at every seat and a self-service bar like that featured on the A380.

Additionally, Qantas is planning to enhance its ground services for international business travelers. Planned upgrades include revamped lounges and a faster check-in system.

"Our assessment of longer-term travel trends... shows that international premium travel demand is changing," said Qantas CEO Alan Joyce. "These changes will ensure we remain competitive in terms of aircraft configuration, product and service and that we are better able to ensure capacity is more closely aligned with demand."

Qantas currently flies to Honolulu, Los Angeles and New York City. A San Francisco route is set to be replaced by flights to Dallas later this year.

By Jason Faulkner

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