Qantas announced today that starting in late 2014 they’ll be installing a new staggered business class seat on all 30 of their Airbus A330s, which includes those that fly domestically and internationally. Here are a couple of pictures:
This looks like a solid staggered business class product with flat beds, so will be a huge improvement over the current product. According to the fact sheet, you’ll also be able to recline your seat during takeoff and landing, which is awesome and something that I wish were possible on more airlines.
Sadly it’ll be over a year before we see the first plane with the new configuration, but once installed it’ll be tough to beat this for a flight within Australia. Qantas hasn’t yet announced plans to install this configuration on other aircraft types, so presumably the A330 will have the best business class product in the fleet.