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New in-flight technology for Qantas

Qantas today revealed that its new A330-200 aircraft for services from Sydney and Melbourne to Perth will offer USB ports and PC power outlets for recharging of devices in every seat.
Written by Jacquelyn Holt, Contributor on

in brief Qantas today revealed that its new A330-200 aircraft for services from Sydney and Melbourne to Perth will offer USB ports and PC power outlets for recharging of devices in every seat, including economy.

The first aircraft, named 'Tamar Valley' after the Tasmanian wine region, set off on its maiden voyage on flight QF575 this morning from Sydney to Perth. The second aircraft, named after the South Australian 'Clare Valley' is set to arrive in February 2010.

These technological upgrades will cater to business and pleasure travellers, allowing them to charge or use their smartphones and laptops during flights. The new planes will also offer on-demand in-flight entertainment in both business and economy classes.

On-demand entertainment holds over five hundred entertainment options including movies, TV shows, music and games and comes with touch screen capabilities. While the quality of the programming has yet to be seen, the changes will likely come as a welcome relief from boredom and battery failure on the three to five hour flights.

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