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Qantas launches new A330-200 on domestic routes

Kate Schneider  Dec 02, 2009

Qantas has launched its first A330-200 aircraft to service domestic routes, providing new seating and inflight entertainment options for passengers.

The aircraft represents a new, and more enjoyable, era of flying for Australians travelling around the nation, Qantas CEO Alan Joyce said.

‚ÄúFor the first time Qantas will operate a domestic aircraft featuring state-of-the-art in-seat entertainment for all customers,‚ÄĚ Mr Joyce said.

The A330 aircraft is configured with 36 business and 265 economy seats. Each seat offers a USB port for passenger to charge their electrical devices and touch screen functionality for its entertainment system.

The plane's on-demand Panasonic eX2 system has over five hundred entertainment options including movies, television programs, a CD library, games, a dedicated children’s section, plus Qantas Lonely Planet Guides as seen on the A380.

Business passengers will have a wide seatback design, a seat width of 22 inches, cocktail table, ergonomic cushions and extendable leg rest with fold-out footrest.

Meanwhile, economy passengers have a seat width of 18.1‚ÄĚ, ergonomic seat cushioning and a seat base that moves in conjunction with the seat recline.

The aircraft operated its inaugural service QF575 between Sydney and Perth this morning and will continue to operate on trans-continental flights between Sydney, Melbourne and Perth.

The second A330-200 is scheduled to arrive in February next year.

Qantas will continue to roll this inflight entertainment product out on all new aircraft on the domestic network.

Qantas launches new A330-200 on domestic routes
Qantas Airbus A330-200 / Image via


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