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Old Jul 23, 07, 6:51 am
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Regarding A380 products etc these will be annouced on the 25th July not the 24th. So you'll have to hang on for just one more day.
Dunno bout that.... here is what Qantas said today about the whole situation..

A Qantas spokesman today refused to comment on the latest changes, which give the marsupial a less proud chest and more streamlined paws but leaves plane watchers with little more than a game of spot the difference.

Nor would he say how much the paint jobs cost shareholders.

"If you can come along tomorrow you can get all the details and see the logo," the spokesman said. "We'll be talking about a whole pile of interesting new things tomorrow."

The airline tomorrow will also unveil the new cabin interiors for its fleet of double-decker Airbus A-380s, which will begin flying mid-next year.

The airline will also show off the designs of its new international premium economy class seats.
http://www.theage.com.au/news/news/n...043003473.html

It appears tomorrow is still the day?
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Old Jul 23, 07, 7:24 am
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Yes i retracted my post because the news i was reading was for a different even for the 25th where the products are discussed not revealed but read it incorrectly :-P

i had tickets but unfortunately going to hong kong tomorrow (again)
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Old Jul 23, 07, 2:11 pm
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Economy Class (Photos available shortly)

New seats. IIRC QF said their new Y seat would be revolutionary and would be a lot more comfortable. Perhaps we may see something like CX’s new shell-Y seat? Economy should also have access to a lounge/bar with drinks and snacks – perhaps it may be something similar to Qatar Airways' offering on its A340-600.
Idle speculation that, if the manufacturer of the new Y seats is indeed Recaro, it will be the new CL-3510. Looks very slimline which one would hope would help with space issues. Noted the inclusion of a footrest too, which would be nice. Of course, even if QF did order it, customers customize for delivery.
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Old Jul 23, 07, 5:44 pm
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A good reason to fly QF then
Or not, depending on the kind of drink you drink (bah stemless ).
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Old Jul 23, 07, 6:06 pm
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Announcement out on ASX.
Letterhead with new logo.
(3 page text only document - no pics)

Premium Economy is 32 seats on A380 (2/3/2 on upper deck), to be also rolled out on 747 with 32 seats (2/4/2 on lower deck)

A380 450 seats - 14 First, 72 Buisness, 32 Premium, 332 Cattle.
New seats in all cabins, self-service bars in economy
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Old Jul 23, 07, 6:08 pm
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Introducing the Qantas A380
SYDNEY, 24 July 2007: Qantas today unveiled the state-of-the-art interior and seating to be installed
onboard its fleet of 20 Airbus A380 aircraft, which are scheduled for delivery from August 2008.
Qantas Executive General Manager John Borghetti said the airline’s fleet would be configured with
450 seats – 14 in First, 72 in Business, 32 in its new Premium Economy cabin and 332 in Economy.
He said the interiors, designed exclusively for Qantas by internationally renowned Australian
industrial designer Marc Newson, would set a new benchmark for the airline and the industry.
“Qantas has combined intelligent design with functionality to deliver more space and comfort in every
cabin,” Mr Borghetti said.
“Marc has designed almost everything onboard, from the seats through to the coat hooks, with style,
practicality and passenger comfort in mind.
“The design process has included an unprecedented level of customer involvement, with many
customer initiated ideas being followed through to prototype and customers participating in sleeping
comfort trials and ergonomic testing of seats.
“The design of our First cabin has evolved over five years to culminate in a layout of 14 private suites,
each featuring a 17 inch LCD wide screen video monitor, an array of personal stowage options, a
unique touch screen control unit and a seat – manufactured by B/E Aerospaces’s VIP jet group – that
swivels into a comfortable armchair and a fully flat, extra long and very wide bed.
“The look and feel is one of understated luxury created through the use of custom designed fabrics,
innovative materials and premium finishes.
“In the Business cabin, we have enhanced our popular, award-winning Skybed sleeper seat, which
now offers a longer, fully flat bed with ergonomically enhanced cushioning, a larger in-arm
entertainment screen and additional storage options.
“A key feature of the Qantas A380’s Business cabin is the private lounge area on the upper deck of
the aircraft featuring leather sofas, a self-service bar, large video monitor with laptop connectivity and
a feature display cabinet.”
Mr Borghetti said Qantas’ new Premium Economy cabin, located on the upper deck of the aircraft
behind the Business cabin, would appeal to Economy travellers seeking more space, comfort and an
enhanced level of service.
“Our new Premium Economy seats will offer extra width and recline, more legroom and a fully
adjustable, in-arm, digital wide screen television monitor.
“The state-of-the-art seat was styled by Marc Newson and manufactured by Recaro, which makes
seats for luxury auto brands such as Aston Martin, Audi and Porsche.
“Customers will be offered menus by Neil Perry’s Rockpool Group and premium wines as well as
superior tableware and soft furnishings.”
Mr Borghetti said Qantas’ new Economy seat, also manufactured by Recaro, featured a sliding base
that moves with the seat back to create a more comfortable, ergonomically correct position to aid
sleep and eliminate pressure points.
“We consulted ergonomic experts to conduct sleep comfort trials, which involved testing the positions
passengers were most likely to adopt on long haul flights.
“The innovative design also provides for the inclusion of a foot net to stop sliding during sleep,
increased knee and shin room between seats as well as a larger seat back entertainment screen.”
Mr Borghetti said for the first time, the Economy cabin would offer four self-service bars, enabling
people to help themselves to refreshments throughout the flight in addition to the normal meal
services.
He said the Panasonic Inflight Entertainment System Qantas would install on the A380 would be
state-of-the-art, offering greater choice, more entertainment options and in-seat access to email and
the internet as well as wireless connectivity for customers with their own laptop.
“Our new IFE will have over 100 on demand movies, 350 television selections, 500 audio CDs, 30 PC
style games, and a selection of audio books, language tutorials, destination information, business
education and radio channels.
“An advanced graphic user interface will allow passengers to easily navigate through the vast range
of entertainment options.
“Customers in every cabin will also be able to remain connected throughout their flight with wireless
connectivity, in-seat laptop power, USB and RJ45 ports allowing them to surf the internet or send and
receive emails directly from their seat or personal laptop,” Mr Borghetti said.
He said Qantas had also begun updating the interiors of its international Boeing 747-400 fleet with
some of the elements designed for its A380 aircraft, including introducing a Premium Economy cabin
from February 2008.
“All of our B747-400 cabins will now have seat fabrics designed exclusively for Qantas by Marc
Newson, with matching curtains and carpets in contemporary colours and patterns,” Mr Borghetti
said.
He said the first refitted B747 aircraft was already flying, with the entire Qantas Boeing 747-400 fleet
to be completed by mid-2008.
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(reformatted for FT)
Key features of the new A380 include:

First
�� 14 individual suites featuring electronically adjustable seat with programmable positions and
fully adjustable multi-zone massage function
�� Seat converts into a fully flat, extra long and wide bed with foam mattress, exclusive
sheepskin overlay and fitted cotton sheeting
�� Electronically deployed 17” LCD widescreen video monitor
�� Touch screen control unit featuring personal flight map and operating all electronic functions including electronically adjustable privacy screens
�� Leather guest seat and large dining table designed to accommodate two
�� Variety of personal stowage options including dresser unit
�� High quality finishes including Edelman leather and solid wood
�� Noise cancelling headset port, PC power, USB and RJ45 ports
�� Electronically controlled dual layer window shades
�� Main deck cabin with mood lighting and enhanced cabin soundproofing
�� Designer amenities, soft furnishings and tableware – female amenity kits designed by Collette Dinnigan and filled with products from Payot Paris. Male amenity kits by Akira Isogawa and filled with products from Payot Paris. Luxury cotton pyjamas, slippers and eyeshades by Akira Isogawa. Crockery, cutlery and glassware designed by Marc Newson and manufactured by Noritake, Alessi and Visy.

Business
�� Enhanced Skybed electronically adjustable, sleeper seat, which at the touch of a button converts to extra longer, fully flat bed with pre-programmed seating positions, adjustable lumbar support, and improved massage function
�� Illuminated seat controller operating all seat functions, electronically deployed privacy divider and fully adjustable in-arm video monitor
�� Variety of personal stowage options including dedicated spaces for laptops, headset, shoes, reading material, water bottle, and coat hook
�� Multiple reading lights, noise cancelling headset port, PC power, RJ45 and USB port
�� Lounge area featuring self-service refreshment bar, large sofa, seatbelts for inflight use, selection of reading material, large entertainment screen with laptop connection for presentations and feature display cabinet
�� Upper deck cabin with mood lighting, seating configured in two-two-two layout
�� Luxury amenities, soft furnishings and tableware – collectable male and female amenity kits designed by Marc Newson and filled with products from Australian skincare range Ultraceuticals. Soft cotton pyjamas and eyeshades by Morrissey. Crockery, cutlery and glassware designed by Marc Newson and manufactured by Noritake, Alessi and Visy.

Premium Economy
�� Ergonomic, Recaro-manufactured seat with adjustable headrest, and integrated leg rest with fold out footrest
�� Large, in-arm, touch screen video monitor
�� Wide centre console with fixed cocktail table and in-arm dining table
�� Noise cancelling headset port, PC power, USB and RJ45 ports
�� Literature pocket and waterbottle holder
�� Seating configured in two-three-two layout
�� Upper deck cabin with mood lighting
�� Self-service bar
�� Crockery, cutlery and glassware designed by Marc Newson and manufactured by Noritake, Alessi and Visy.

Economy
�� Ergonomic, Recaro-manufactured seat with unique carbon fibre seat back, articulating seat base, flexible front edge
�� Enhanced shin and knee clearance with unique net foot rest
�� Widescreen seatback personal video monitor
�� Concealed in arm entertainment controller, PC power, RJ45 and USB ports
�� Literature pocket and waterbottle holder
�� Seating configured in three-four-three layout
�� Four self-service bars
�� Main deck cabin with mood lighting
�� Tableware designed by Marc Newson
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Old Jul 23, 07, 6:22 pm
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Introducing the QANTAS A380
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Old Jul 23, 07, 6:29 pm
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Thumbs up A380 Cabin Layout

So on the Upper Deck will be 72 Business and 32 Premium Economy.
Main Deck 14 First and 332 Economy.
Lots of self serve bars and lounges so QF are really taking advantage of the extra floor space and limits (current) on passenger/baggage.
Looks good.
Oh for the 747-400 refit, I guess there maybe some very lucky WHY passengers who will get a free upgrade during the transition as QF cannot sell the PE seats on a route until they get enough planes to fully service it.
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Old Jul 23, 07, 6:59 pm
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Or not, depending on the kind of drink you drink (bah stemless ).
I prefer my scotch in a stemless glass .
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Old Jul 23, 07, 7:00 pm
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So the rumours were true then...

Qantas said today it would introduce new, dedicated domestic Business class lounges at its key business airports - Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane - by mid-2008.

Qantas Executive General Manager John Borghetti said the new domestic Business lounges would offer a superior range of services to Business class travellers as well as top tier Qantas and oneworld™ Frequent Flyers.


http://www.qantas.com.au/regions/dyn...007/jul07/3622
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Old Jul 23, 07, 7:26 pm
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Y+ in 744 to LHR/ JNB/ HKG

http://www.smh.com.au/news/news/qant...043075260.html
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Old Jul 23, 07, 7:54 pm
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Pictures of the Cabin and Review of the IFE

Here is a review found after I read the Qantas announcement about the IFE.
http://www.apcmag.com/6748/qantas_to...top_power_in_p
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Old Jul 23, 07, 8:14 pm
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Here is a review found after I read the Qantas announcement about the IFE.
http://www.apcmag.com/6748/qantas_to...top_power_in_p
Note the IFE is not Rockwell Collins, but is from Panasonic. So perhaps that will be a good move.
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Old Jul 23, 07, 8:21 pm
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The 737-300s get left behind again (or are they going soon?).
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