Watch Qantas gut and re-fit a 747

Watch Qantas gut and re-fit a 747

Summary: Ever wanted to see how Qantas reconfigures a multi-deck 747 aircraft with bigger seats, fancier screens and nicer facilities? Wonder no more, with this time-lapse video from the Flying Kangaroo.

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Ever wanted to see how Qantas reconfigures a multi-deck 747 aircraft with bigger seats, fancier screens and nicer facilities? Wonder no more, with this time-lapse video from the Flying Kangaroo.


The video sees Qantas completely revamping the Boeing 747 aircraft, tearing the innards down to the bare metal and replacing the carpet throughout, while replacing seats in economy and business class across two decks.

New in-flight entertainment screens are fitted and tested, bathing the cabin in a lovely blue hue as the workers busily work on the finer details in the cabin. Qantas technicians then seal the hangar before completely repainting the aeroplane's livery in a process that sees the craft lifted up to make sure that nothing's missed.

Qantas has today announced that it's putting another one of these re-tooled luxury 747s into service on its long-haul routes between Australia and the US later this month.

Alison Webster, Qantas executive general manager, Customer Experience, said in a statement that the 747s are being aligned with the airline's luxury Airbus A380 aircraft.

The new 747 marks the fourth re-tooled aircraft that has gone into service under the new strategy. Qantas added that it will have nine of the shiny 747s in service by the end of the year.

Watch the video above to see the aircraft makeover.

Topic: Travel Tech

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  • QANTAS aircraft are not resprayed by QANTAS technicians. The aircraft are sent overseas to be sprayed, partly because of cost (far cheaper in Asia), mostly because of OH&S regulations in Australia being prohibitively strict . The workers that you see are not actual Qantas employees, they are contractors that work for a company that had to bid for the work. Granted they are Australian workers, but they are all soon to be made redundant. Kinda takes the shine off the Company spin.
    Yourkidding
  • If you think the above is incorrect, then take a close look at the hangar the aircraft goes into. Initially it is a hangar without side catwalks hanging from the roof, then hey presto, when it comes time to spray the catwalks suddenly appear. It shows that it isn't done in the same hangar, and most likely done overseas. In fact it's likely the respray was done months before the cabin reconfiguration, OVERSEAS. Don't believe the spin.
    Yourkidding