Qatar to upgrade seats, IFE on A320s and A330s

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Qatar Airways will upgrade a portion of its Airbus A330-200 and A320 aircraft with new lie-flat seats and Panasonic Avionics entertainment systems.

The A330s and A320s will receive new lie-flat seats in business class and new A330 economy class seats with seatback screens.

The A330s will feature wi-fi and mobile services through Panasonic’s Global Communications Suite. This marks a move to use a different provider from OnAir, which provides in-flight mobile services for the airline’s A320s and a combination of mobile and wi-fi on the carrier’s Boeing 787s.

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Business class sections of the A320s and A330s will include 15.4in (39.1 cm) monitors with touchscreen handsets and power outlets. The A330 will receive an IFE upgrade to the Panasonic eX2 platform, including new 10.6in monitors in economy class.

Modifications for seven of the airline’s A330-200s and nine A320s have already begun and will be complete by the third quarter, says the flag carrier.

The A330s will fly to Vienna, Tunis, Milan, Rome, Geneva and Maldives, while Qatar will place the A330s on routes to Barcelona, Osaka, Hong Kong, Kuala Lumpur and Phuket.