Qantas accelerates refurbishment of 767 fleet

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Qantas Airways will fast-track the refurbishment of 16 Boeing 767 aircraft with new interiors and individual in-flight entertainment (IFE) as part of wider investment in the domestic market.

The carrier has started operating its first revamped 767 aircraft, which will largely fly between Perth, Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane. The last aircraft is targeted for completion by the end of March 2013, six months earlier than originally planned.

"We have fast-tracked this project to improve the flying experience on these 16 aircraft. The works on each aircraft take approximately two weeks to be completed and will be done in our Brisbane maintenance facilities," says Qantas domestic chief executive Lyell Strambi.

"Customers travelling on Qantas's 767 fleet will now enjoy updated cabin interiors and IFE streamed direct to iPads in every seat," he adds.

"Following the successful trial of our QStreaming service this year, we are partnering with Panasonic to provide over 200 hours of on-demand IFE content via iPads to every passenger in business and economy [class] travelling on our fleet of refurbished 767 aircraft," he says.

"We will also refresh the fleet's cabin interiors with a contemporary design that includes leather seat covers in business and a new look and feel in the economy cabin. Other enhancements include new carpet, lighting, curtains and dividers."

Qantas's widebodied domestic fleet consists 767s and Airbus A330s. A new A330 will be delivered to the airline domestic fleet in November and progressively, the A330s will grow until the eventual retirement of all domestic 767s by mid-2015.