Qantas will roll out lie-flat beds on all A330 transcontinental flights to and from Perth from late next year in a significant ramp-up of the competition with born-again Virgin Australia.
IN Sydney this morning, the airline also announced it would fit business class to its fleet of Boeing 717 regional jets based in WA to serve mining communities.
The airline says that passengers would be able to recline in the new business class lie-flat beds during take-off and landing, but would not be able to lie-flat until after take-off.
Qantas is yet to announce the configuration changes required to install the beds but say it will be a minimal reduction in business class seating.
The beds are a response to Virgin Australia's new international business class that has been rolled out on transcontinental routes.