Joyce pauses in the war with Dixon to put the wedgie sleeper seat and other A330 business class atrocities to the sword.
Qantas CEO Alan Joyce says he will recommend to the board fixes to the A330 domestic business class seat that had the frequent flyer nation in shock when it was unveiled as a new and improved product on Sunday.
Not only that, the current ‘sloper’ seats in business class in those A330s that fly longer haul routes for Qantas will also be replaced with flat bed seats.
Speaking after his speech to the National Aviation Press Club in Sydney today Joyce was emphatic that the existence of multiple and outdated configurations in the A330 fleet needed to be replace by ‘leading’ new products for domestic and international.
Joyce said the A330 international fleet would be fitted with full length fully flat parallel to the floor seats. (No more wedgies, my term, not his.)
He said the configuration ‘unveiled’ on Sunday had been locked into sales contracts some time in the past, and added that the problem was made more pressing as the A330-200s in Jetstar service were returned to Qantas mainline.
(The Jetstar configurations sold as Star Class in the forward cabin were in effect a premium economy sized seat which had originally appeared as business class for Qantas as far back as the A332s introduction in 2003.)
A report on the key points Joyce made in a Q and A session at the luncheon will appear later.
A reporter since November 30, 1960, Ben Sandilands looks at what really matters up in the sky: public administration of air transport and its safety, the accountability of the carriers, and space for everyone’s knees.
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