Qantas has placed the first of a planned 16 refurbished 767-300s into service. The aircraft are being fitted with new interiors and individual inflight entertainment systems as part of a broader investment Qantas is making in refreshing its domestic product.
The airline says the 767 refurbishments are now due to be completed by the end of March 2013, six months earlier than first announced.
“These aircraft look and feel like new and we expect these changes to be very popular with our customers,” Qantas Domestic CEO Lyell Strambi said.
“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 travelling on our fleet of refurbished B767 aircraft.”
Each 767 takes around two weeks to be upgraded, with the work being undertaken at the airline’s Brisbane heavy maintenance facility.
Despite the upgrades Qantas says it will retire the last of its 767s by mid 2015.