QantasLink stated (03-Sep-2012) it would upgrade and reconfigure the interiors of its Boeing 717 fleet. New ergonomically-designed seats, combined with a reconfiguration of storage space, will enable QantasLink to increase capacity on its 717s. The refresh will also see the cabin furnishings replaced with an interior colour scheme consistent with Qantas’ mainline 737-800 aircraft. The first refurbished 717 is expected to enter service in late Nov-2012. [more - original PR]
QantasLink to refresh interiors on 717s
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