Qantas to Upgrade Airbus A330 Fleet, Order New Boeing 737-800s
Qantas announced it will upgrade its fleet of Airbus A330 aircraft. In addition, the carrier also announced it would place an order for new Boeing 737-800s.
The Australian airline will reconfigure the interior of ten Airbus A330-300 aircraft, as well as the interior of 20 Airbus A330-200 aircraft, beginning late next year. The new interiors will include new lie-flat seats in business class, new entertainments options, and redesigned economy cabins.
Qantas International will operate the A330-300s between Asia and Australia, while the A330-200s will be operated by Qantas Domestic on routes between Perth and the east coast of Australia. Once the upgraded aircraft go into service, the carrier will retire its Boeing 767s.
The airline will also purchase five Boeing 737-800 aircraft to be used by Qantas Domestic, to be delivered in 2014. In addition, Qantas will also extend the leases on two of its Boeing 737-800 aircraft.