The news of Qantas ushering in yet another state of the art Boeing 737-800 Jet into its fleet means only one thing; they are on track to keep their fleet modernized and growing, keeping in line with their efforts to be the number one choice when it comes to domestic travel. Incidentally this new 737-800, named as Leeton after a town in NSW, is the 115th new aircraft that has joined the Qantas fleet in the last four years.
Announcing the newest procurement Qantas Domestic CEO Lyell Strambi made it clear that the company is leaving no stone unturned in their efforts to ensure the company stays on schedule to achieve their objective. The fact that over the next 18 months another 10 737-800s will be absorbed into the fleet is an indication of that commitment.
In fact a study of Qantas’s current fleet strength reveals that the company has a total of 60 Boeing 737-800s and out of those 22 have state of the art touch-screen in-flight entertainment systems made by Panasonic. Additionally these aircrafts have more room per seat including the very popular leather seats available for business class.
But apart from fleet modernizing and improvement in their in-flight and passenger lounge experience, Qantas has been improving their network coverage in domestic destinations as well. Qantas already has a good domestic network including routes to Tasmania but they are improving it constantly. One recent announcement is that of a thrice daily service between Gold Coast and Sydney and also the recent increase of their carrying capacity for flights to Tasmania and Canberra. They have also refurbished their existing 767 aircrafts, providing an iPad for all business and economy seats as a part of their in-flight entertainment offering.
Some other features of the interiors in the newly acquired 737-800 are –
A choice of 12 business and 156 economy class seats with Marc Newson designing the seating. They have introduced a new seat to seat chatting system. Wider seating with 37” pitch and a space of 22” between the arms in the business class while the economy class seats enjoy a 30” pitch and 17” of space between the arms. All headrests are adjustable. The business class seats also features a 10.6” in-arm touch screen while the economy seats have a 9” seatback touch screen. Additionally there are USB and PC ports for docking a host of other electronic devices.