Qantas put its first refurbished Cityflyer 767s into service today, and says it will complete the upgrade to 16 of the jets six months early, and then replace all of them by mid-2015, with A330s.
The announcement of accelerated improvements to the aged jets is likely to be one of a number that will be made before the shareholders AGM in Canberra tomorrow morning.
On the face it, this seems to be very good news for Qantas regulars, but also for Virgin Australia given its younger fleet of A330s and 737-800s, although the latter would never hold a candle to any 767 when it comes to economy class amenity.
It also dashes hopes for a last minute change of heart over sending new Dreamliners due in the second half of next year to the full service brand rather than Jetstar.
(OK, maybe Qantas will do both. That would be exciting!)
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