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Qantas unveils new A220 aircraft cabins

Qantas has taken delivery of its first two Airbus A220 planes – with 27 more to come – which will replace the ageing fleet of Boeing 717s.

The Qantaslink A220s will fly between cities like Melbourne, Hobart, Brisbane and Canberra as well to key regional cities like Coffs Harbour and Launceston.

With double the range of the former 717s, the A220 can fly between any two points in Australia and to several offshore destinations, creating new route options in future.

Here are some of the key features of the new aircraft unveiled today:

  • 10 business seats in a 2-2 configuration, with 37 inches of seat pitch
  • 127 seats in economy in a 2-3 configuration with 30 inch pitch
  • the largest windows of any single aisle aircraft and a cabin with a greater sense of space
  • fast, free Wi-Fi
  • an integrated personal device holder and USB A and C charging in both economy and business; additional wireless charging pad in business
  • reduction in noise footprint of up to 50 per cent and reduction in carbon emissions of 25 per cent.

Here are some pics of the business class seats.

And here’s economy.

The first A220 commercial flights are on sale today for travel from 1 March 2024 on Melbourne-Canberra and Melbourne-Brisbane.

This will expand to Melbourne-Hobart from July 2024, Melbourne-Coffs Harbour from October 2024 and Melbourne-Launceston from November 2024 as more aircraft are delivered.

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