Virgin Australia will roll out its new, longer lie-flat seats in business class next month, with installations on its entire Airbus A330 fleet expected by November. Qantas, meanwhile, will continue the roll-out of its new A330 Business Suite.
Malaysia Airlines plans to revamp the business class cabins on its fleet of Boeing 777 and Airbus A330 aircraft as part of its turnaround effort, according to CEO Chris Mueller. Upgrades will include "a world-class leading lie-flat seat" that is "above the industry standard for business class," he said.
Lie-flat beds are coming to Qantas Business Suite class, with the airline planning to unveil the upgrading seating next week. Qantas is installing the seating on its A330 aircraft on flights beginning in December.
Air Pacific is seeking a big improvement to its seating and in-flight entertainment system with the addition of Weber 7811 lie-flat seats to its business class. The seats include AC power and a 15.4-inch seat-back LCD screen. Economy class will feature Weber's slim-line 5751 model seats, with a 9-inch touch screen. The airline plans to begin the rollout of its new interiors with three new A330s it receives next year.
Virgin Australia wants a bigger share of the business-flier market. The carrier is transforming its Airbus A330 into a new seating configuration that includes lie-flat seats. "It will be very different than the existing A330 product, an even better one," said CEO John Borghetti.