Australian airline Qantas has announced that from 1 October 2012 the airline will only offer three cabin classes on its 747 services from Johannesburg to Sydney, removing the First Class cabin in line with streamlining across the Qantas fleet.From 1 October the airline will offer Business, Premium Economy and Economy seats.
All Qantas First Class customers booked for travel from this date will be re-booked into the Business cabin on the same flight. Ticketed customers will be entitled to a partial refund of the fare paid. Alternatively, passengers will be entitled to a full refund.
The airline's First Class product will continue to be available on selected international routes, in line with customer demand.
According to Michi Messner, the airline's Regional Manager Africa, "This change is a product of our international turnaround strategy, which will offer better options, and more consistent high quality product and inflight entertainment for our customers in the future. Our 10-year partnership with Emirates announced last week will, subject to regulatory approval, strengthen our international business and give our customers one-stop access to more than 70 destinations in Europe, the Middle East and Africa via the global gateway of Dubai."
Further information on travel classes can be found on Qantas.com.