Posted on: 06 March 2014 by Mark Howells
Qatar Airways (Qatar) has made improvements to its Business Class in-flight entertainment (IFE) services and seating on select Airbus A330-200 and A320 aircraft.
Modifications to seven of the airline's A330-200 and nine A320 aircraft have already commenced, and are expected to be completed by the third quarter of 2014.
Business Class on both aircraft will feature new 15.4” smart monitors and touch screen remote controller handsets, which also allow dual screen mode. The seats also offer PC Power, USB ports and connectivity for smart devices. On A330 aircraft, the IFE system will be upgraded to the Panasonic eX2 platform.
The A330 aircraft will also be fitted with onboard connectivity, with the installation of the Panasonic Global Communications Suite. Both the A330 and A320 will also offer the capability of sending and receiving SMS and MMS messages.
Business Class seating on both the upgraded A320 and A330 recline into a 180-degree true lie-flat bed. The seats also feature six-way adjustable headrests, four-way adjustable lumbar support, a variety of personal stowage compartments, privacy dividers and fresh contemporary styling.
On the A330 aircraft, Economy Class seating will also be upgraded with new 10.6” monitors and handsets, upgrading to Boeing 777 standards.
Qatar's enhanced A320 aircraft will operate on the Vienna, Tunis, Milan, Rome, Geneva and Maldives routes while the upgraded A330s will operate on the Barcelona, Osaka, Hong Kong, Kuala Lumpur and Phuket routes.