Qantas will deploy Boeing 767 aircraft with new interiors and individual in-flight entertainment on all weekday flights between Brisbane and Perth from 31 March 2013.
Qantas will also bring forward its deployment of wide-body Airbus A330s aircraft on all weekday Sydney-Perth flights by over a month.
Qantas Domestic Chief Executive Officer Lyell Strambi, said the changes to East-West routes would enable Qantas to better serve the business and premium travel market on these routes. “One of Qantas’ key strengths in the domestic market is our wide-body aircraft, which are very popular with our customers,” Mr Strambi said. “We will now have wide-body aircraft on all weekday flights between the eastern states and Western Australia. We have received fantastic feedback from customers who have travelled on the Boeing 767 with the new interiors and in-flight entertainment.”
“Qantas’ A330 aircraft offer superior space and comfort and have individual in-flight entertainment for all of our passengers, making them ideal for longer flights. Our fleet of aircraft, superior network, frequencies, lounges, on-time performance, and frequent flyer program, have seen us maintain our status as best for business and premium travellers. We are also the only domestic airline that offers a meal and checked-in baggage to every passenger as part of their fare, no matter what time they are flying or which class they are in.”
Qantas is refurbishing 16 Boeing 767 aircraft with new interiors and individual in-flight entertainment as part of wider investment in the domestic customer experience. Six aircraft have completed the upgrade in Brisbane and are now operational. Customers travelling on Qantas’ B767 fleet will now enjoy updated cabin interiors, leather seats in Business and in-flight entertainment (IFE) streamed direct to iPads in every seat in Business and Economy.
In November, Qantas announced that A330 aircraft would be used on all midweek Sydney-Perth & Melbourne- Perth flights from May. This date is being brought forward for Sydney-Perth services. Plans continue to deploy A330s on all weekday Melbourne-Perth flights from May.
Qantas is currently expanding the Qantas Club at Perth Airport and investing in new infrastructure within the terminal as the airline expands its terminal space. Qantas currently operates around 100 return flights with more than 26,000 seats from Perth to Sydney and Melbourne each week – about 40 per cent more than any other airline.