Qantas to retrofit A330s at Brisbane facility

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Qantas Airways will undertake its Airbus A330 interior refit programme at its Brisbane heavy maintenance facility next year.

“From late 2014, we will be upgrading all 30 of our Airbus A330s with Business Suites with fully flat beds,” says chief executive Alan Joyce. “Ten A330-300s for Qantas International will feature new Economy seats and 20 A330-200s for Qantas Domestic will see their Economy seats refurbished.”

As part of the refurbishment, the carrier will also fit the A330s with new Panasonic seatback and wireless streaming in-flight entertainment systems.

Joyce adds that the refit will take approximately 30 days for each aircraft, and will be completed by the middle of 2016.

The Oneworld carrier made the announcement as it opened a A$30 million ($27.4 million) hangar upgrade at Brisbane that will allow it to facilitate heavy maintenance for the airline’s Boeing 737 fleet. That work was previously done at its Melbourne Tullamarine facility which was closed last year.

Qantas also announced recently that it will close its Avalon facility in 2014 as it consolidates its onshore heavy maintenance operations at Brisbane.