Posted on: 21 October 2014 by Mark Howells
Qantas has unveiled the in-flight entertainment and connectivity (IFEC) features of its newly-completed business class suites, which are scheduled to be introduced progressively on the airline’s A330 fleet from December 2014.
A330 passengers flying on international routes will have access to Panasonic’s eX3 IFE system on larger seatback touchscreens as well as their personal electronic devices (PEDs), thanks to Qantas’ Q streaming technology.
Domestic business class on the A330s also features the eX3 system, and domestic economy passengers can watch IFE through either seatback touchscreens or devices provided by Qantas in every seat.
Talking about the business class suites as a whole, Alan Joyce, Qantas Group’s CEO, commented, “We believe this product will deliver the best travel experience between Australia and Asia, and probably the best domestic travel experience anywhere in the world.”
The suites, designed in collaboration with Qantas' creative director, Marc Newson, also offer fully-flat beds and direct aisle access. In a world first, the Vantage XL seat, manufactured by Thompson Aero Seating, allows passengers to recline in their seat from take-off through to landing (although this is still subject to approval from Australia’s Civil Aviation Safety Authority).
“With many Business passengers enjoying a meal in the lounge prior to travelling, this means more time to rest and sleep,” explained Joyce. “We’ve listened to what matters most to our customers and done extensive ergonomic trials to deliver the highest levels of comfort, privacy and intuitive design."
“There’s enough space to eat while continuing to work, which is something our business customers said was very important to them, and plenty of storage room to keep the range of electronic devices that people now travel with,” Joyce continued.
Updates to the A330 interiors, which will take approximately one month per aircraft, are to be implemented at Qantas’ heavy maintenance facility in Brisbane.