Qantas’ Sydney-Perth flights will use larger Airbus A330 aircraft on weekdays from April — a month earlier than expected — while refurbished Boeing 767s will be found on all weekday Brisbane Perth flights from 31 March.
But, the weekday flights from Melbourne and Perth will still be planned for all A330 services from May (originally planned).
“We will now have wide-body aircraft on all weekday flights between the eastern states and Western Australia,” – Lyall Strambi (Qantas CEO Domestic)
This is a change from the mix of both Boeing 737’s and A330’s (wide-body and one-aisled aircraft).
The Red Roo isn’t saying whether you’ll get the decent angled lie-flat Skybed Mk I business class seats or the significantly less comfortable international premium economy-style recliners on the routes.
A330s are popular in economy because there are fewer passengers to clamber over (it’s a 2-4-2 layout compared with 3-3 on a 737) but the lack of consistency in business class is an ongoing annoyance — which CEO Alan Joyce recognises, since he’s looking to upgrade them to a better standard of seat.
For Brisbane-Perth passengers, the Red Roo’s stalwart domestic workhorse 767s are undergoing refurbishment or retirement, with six of the sixteen due for renovation now flying with upgraded interiors.