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Following representations by the Australian Flight Attendants' Association concerning a newly installed seating configuration on VH-OJF, a Qantas Boeing 747-400, a special investigation was undertaken to determine if safety standards had been compromised. The upper deck seating configuration on VH-OJF was compared to the previous exit configuration utilised on Qantas 747-400S. Further comparisons were made between the Boeing 747-200 and SPs operated by Qantas. The investigation determined that while the new seating configuration did meet the regulatory requirements, the previously installed standard did provide a far superior emergency exit facility.
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General details
Date: 01 May 1990 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 0459 ESuT  
Location   (show map):Sydney Investigation type: Safety Issue Investigation 
State: New South Wales Occurrence type: Miscellaneous - Other 
Release date: 20 November 1990 Occurrence class: Operational 
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Incident 
 Highest injury level: None 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: The Boeing Company 
Aircraft model: 747 
Aircraft registration: VH-OJF 
Type of operation: Air Transport High Capacity 
Damage to aircraft: Nil 
Departure point:Sydney, NSW
Destination:Sydney, NSW
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