First look: Qantas reveals cabins for new Airbus A220 aircraft

by James Wilkinson

QantasLink has now taken delivery of the first two of 29 Airbus A220 jet aircraft, which will steadily replace its long-serving fleet of Boeing 717s, that will be kitted out with modern and stylish interiors.

Qantas today revealed the first images of the new interiors, which will feature 137 passengers across two cabins, with 10 Business seats in a 2-2 configuration and 127 seats in Economy in a 2-3 configuration.

“The A220 will fly between cities like Melbourne, Hobart, Brisbane and Canberra as well to key regional cities like Coffs Harbour and Launceston,” a Qantas spokesperson said.

“With double the range of the 717s they replace, the A220 can fly between any two points in Australia and to several offshore destinations, creating new route options in future.”

The Airbus A220s feature the largest windows of any single aisle aircraft and a cabin with a greater sense of space.

There will also be fast, free Wi-Fi, allowing customers to stay connected, as well as the improved Qantas Entertainment App for streaming content to their own device.

Qantas Group CEO, Vanessa Hudson, said the additional jets are part of the carrier’s massive investment in new, modern and fuel-efficient aircraft.

“We’re investing heavily in new aircraft that are a step-change from the technology they replace,” she said.

“They have more comfortable cabins and can fly further, opening up a lot of new routes domestically and overseas.

“These next-generation aircraft are up to 50 per cent quieter and generate 20 per cent less carbon emissions.

“We’re already seeing a significant benefit from lower fuel burn, which helps put downward pressure on fares given it’s our biggest single cost,” she said.

The jets also feature an integrated personal device holder and USB A and C charging in both Economy and Business, plus an additional wireless charging pad in Business.

“The A220s also have a more comfortable Economy seat with extra padding compared with the 717 and around 20 per cent more overhead locker space for all customers,” a Qantas spokesperson said.

The first A220 commercial flights are on sale today for travel from March 1, 2024 on Melbourne-Canberra and Melbourne-Brisbane and this expands to Melbourne-Hobart from July 2024, Melbourne-Coffs Harbour from October 2024 and Melbourne-Launceston from November 2024 as more aircraft are delivered.