Qantas has announced the addition of twenty new Airbus A380 to its fleet, unveiling an state-of-the-art interior and seating to be installed onboard its new aeroplanes 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.
"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.
"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.
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.