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Qantas continues fleet renewal

Sydney, 05 September 2012

A next generation Boeing 737-800 aircraft has become the 115th new aircraft to join the Qantas Group fleet in the past four years.

Qantas Domestic Chief Executive Officer Lyell Strambi said Qantas was continuing to roll out new initiatives to ensure Qantas remained the airline of choice for domestic travellers.

“Qantas is delighted to welcome yet another next-generation Boeing aircraft into our fleet,” Mr Strambi said.

“The Qantas Group now has 60 B737-800s of which 22 feature on-demand, touch screen in-flight entertainment from Panasonic for all passengers and spacious seats including leather seats in Business.

"These aircraft are extremely popular and feature on a variety of routes right across the Qantas Domestic and trans-Tasman network.

“Along with our network, frequency and lounges, we know that modern aircraft with the latest technology are a major attraction for our passengers.

"Another 10 next-generation Boeing 737-800s, with the Boeing Sky Interior, will join the Qantas fleet in the next 18 months."

The aircraft has been named Leeton after the town in New South Wales.

Qantas has recently announced a number of initiatives including three-daily services between Sydney and Gold Coast, increased capacity to Tasmania and Canberra, and a refresh of the interiors of a number of Boeing 767 aircraft which includes an iPad with inflight entertainment for all passengers in Business and Economy.

Features of the latest 737-800 aircraft include:
* A 12 seat business class and 156 seat economy class configuration
* New seating design styled by Marc Newson
* On-demand Panasonic inflight entertainment in both cabins with over 300 entertainment options
* Seat-to-seat "chat" messaging
* Wide seat-back design with a 37 inch seat pitch and 22 inch width between arms in Business and a 17 inch width and 30 inch seat pitch in Economy, ergonomic cushions and adjustable headrest
* 10.6 inch in arm touch screen in business, nine inch seatback touch screen in economy
* PC and USB ports to facilitate computers, MP3 players and other technology.

Issued by Qantas Corporate Communication (5439)
Email: qantasmedia@qantas.com.au