I'm flying SYD-HNL-SYD in June, and the seat-map in MMB currently shows an A330-200 with SkyBed, hence my interest in EBI (and EBG & EBL).
Depends how they are fitted out doesn't it? That was my point. The Qantas A330's are fitted out and used on regional (Asian) routes.
Yes - but Qantas doesn't make the distinction between 'regional international' and 'international'.
Ahh no they do and have done so for years. The fact we are talking about differences in the A330 fleet V's the long haul fleet is evidence of that. And it goes back years when the main stay of the international fleet was the 747 and 767.
That's 9 months away. I suggest to you that all flights to HNL still show an A332 with older seating configuration. (Skybed) Some are speculating it will change to A333 twin J toilet aircraft, I'm not so confident.
Of course they don't market it differently. Just like they don't makret trans Tasman and East coast to Perth differently either, but everyone knows there are differences. But anyone who has flown long haul and to Asia (except of course flights operated by the long haul fleet en-route to Europe) anytime within the past 20 years will tell you the product was different and suited the medium haul routes the aircraft were flying.
And as for the Skybeds staying so long, this has been discussed many many many times before, you cannot replace your seats everything someone brings out something new and different. No airline does it. And the A330 Skybed MKI (which is different from the 747 Skybed MKI, refer to point above) is still better than what many airlines in our region fly on similar length routes. And the time for a refit was now, not 5 years ago.
The issue of replacing seats more frequently is a bit of a moot point. Aside from the fact that CX actually does replace seats quite frequently (coffins->herringbone), the main issue is that the QF product was not market leading at the time of its introduction - BA/VS/CX and even KQ were all ahead of the game. If MK1 had been temporary due to availability of other seats, that might have been understandable. But they have been with us 10+ years.
I realise it's 9 months away, but there are now only two A332s with SkyBeds left in the fleet (EBG and EBL) and I am specifically interested in what aircraft Qantas will allocate to future HNL flights once the SkyBeds are no longer. Naturally, I'm hoping it's refurbed A333s.
Is is true that 2 of the current QF A330s are nearing their 'end of lease' contract and will find new lives as A330 tankers for the Australian airforce. I read this somewhere but i forget, or it may be for another thread post. That's 2 aircraft out of action and with new destinations being announced hither and thither it seems all a bit wafer thin and heaven forbid an airplane going tech.