Qantas announced today that starting in late 2014 they’ll be installing a new staggered business class seat on all 30 of their Airbus A330s, which includes those that fly domestically and internationally. Here are a couple of pictures:

Qantas_Business_Suite Qantas_Business_Suite1

This looks like a solid staggered business class product with flat beds, so will be a huge improvement over the current product. According to the fact sheet, you’ll also be able to recline your seat during takeoff and landing, which is awesome and something that I wish were possible on more airlines.

Sadly it’ll be over a year before we see the first plane with the new configuration, but once installed it’ll be tough to beat this for a flight within Australia. Qantas hasn’t yet announced plans to install this configuration on other aircraft types, so presumably the A330 will have the best business class product in the fleet.

  1. August 29th, 2013 at 5:12 am

    Kevin said,

    Looks more spacious and comfortable than the Mk II Skybeds in the A380 and refreshed 747s.

  2. August 29th, 2013 at 5:39 am

    Troy said,

    They look great.. amazing what some competition locally from Virgin Australia has done.

    Shame that it’s taking so long before they bring it to market though!

  3. August 29th, 2013 at 6:09 am

    TTF said,

    Excellent.

    This will renew my use of QF as an option. The old product is/was ok once or twice, but more than that no thanks.

  4. August 29th, 2013 at 6:37 am

    wwk5d said,

    What seats do Emirates and Qatar offer in BC to Australia?

  5. August 29th, 2013 at 7:01 am

    Paul said,

    Great, now let’s hope AA doesn’t actually impose fuel surcharges in the next 18 months :)

  6. August 29th, 2013 at 8:06 am

    Chris said,

    Just to clarify, it’ll mainly only be on domestic transcons between Perth and the east coast (similar to the rejuvenated US transcons), but it’s a massive improvement for those, some mid-haul Asian sectors, and the couple of US flights currently serviced by the A330 fleet (BNE-LAX, for example).

  7. August 29th, 2013 at 8:18 am

    Kai said,

    The seat reminds me of SQ’s new J product

  8. August 29th, 2013 at 8:43 am

    Dan said,

    Neck pain if I have to watch a movie at an angle like that!!!

  9. August 29th, 2013 at 10:56 am

    Jeremy said,

    Looks nice but IMO that seat color is pretty ugly

  10. August 29th, 2013 at 11:32 am

    Ryan said,

    A330s no longer go to the United States. They did, for a time, on the LAX-AKL route, but LAX-BNE is a 744 route.

  11. August 29th, 2013 at 12:34 pm

    lucky said,

    @ wwk5d — On the A380 Emirates has fully flat staggered seats, while Qatar has standard fully flat seats.

  12. August 29th, 2013 at 8:28 pm

    Scott said,

    Lucky, is the QF A380 product out of LAX a fully lie-flat product in business? I have seen mixed comments on that. I think you should do some Oz trips and review Qantas, Virgin, United and Delta to down under!

  13. August 29th, 2013 at 10:28 pm

    Anthony said,

    I agree wholeheartedly with Scott! It would be great to see some new reviews of carriers servicing the Australian/US market.

    And yes, all Qantas A388s are fitted with their fully flat, second-generation (lie-flat) Skybeds. A large majority of their 744s have also been refitted with these superior seats.

  14. September 2nd, 2013 at 7:02 pm

    Ray said,

    I have flights in July 2014. Anyone know if there is any chance they will roll some out early?

  15. September 2nd, 2013 at 8:27 pm

    lucky said,

    @ Ray — Unfortunately it’s highly unlikely as of now.

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