Qantas will reconfigure 12 A380s at Lufthansa Technik's new facility in Manila to increase seat density from 450 to 484. The refit is part of work to begin in Aug-2011 to boost the number of seats in its B747 and A380 aircraft to make them more profitable (The Australian, 09-Jun-2011). The work to change the cabins on nine B747-400s has been awarded to Qantas Engineering’s Avalon facility after a competitive tender process involving Australian and overseas companies. Work is expected to take a year to complete. The changes can be broken down as follows:
- The current cabins will be stripped from the aircraft and replaced with new fittings, entertainment systems and seats;
- First-class cabins will be removed and the aircraft will be fitted with A380 seats in all cabins, including the fully lie-flat business seats;
- The older style and problem-prone entertainment systems will be replaced.
The changes will add 58 seats in business, 36 in premium economy and 270 in economy.