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QAN­TAS has scored a win­ning tri­fecta of com­fort, util­ity and fea­tures with its new Air­bus A330 busi­ness class seat. The seat will be used on medi­umhaul in­ter­na­tional and do­mes­tic flights but it could eas­ily com­pete against most long-haul of­fer­ings. The in­ter­na­tional ver­sion re­viewed by The Week­end Aus­tralian comes with a 47-inch (120cm) seat pitch that is slightly big­ger than its do­mes­tic coun­ter­part and the abil­ity to re­cline the seat dur­ing land­ings and take-offs to 25 de­grees. Ev­ery seat has aisle ac­cess and the con­toured cush­ions on the 200cm lieflat bed com­bine with the fit­ted doona to pro­vide a com­fort­able bed, even for a 197cm re­porter (me), and the arm­rest de­scends to give a more spa­cious feel. There is am­ple stor­age for lap­tops, phones and read­ing glasses, and gen­er­ous flat space gives you some­where to park your gear dur­ing meal ser­vices A nice touch is a hook to hang up head­phones, but the sup­plied noise re­duc­tion head­phones need to be up­dated to bet­ter com­ple­ment the new Pana­sonic in-flight en­ter­tain­ment sys­tem. A 16-inch high­def­i­ni­tion screen and new user in­ter­face make the IFE a joy to use. More: qan­tas.com.au.

STEVE CREEDY

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