Qantas Airlines have unveiled the final seating plans for their new Boeing 787 Dreamliner planes, including a new design for the premium economy class.
The new seats are wider than current premium economy seats and will allow passengers to relax even more thanks to additional reclining capacity. The class also boasts redesigned footrests, headrests and a new design that allows the seat to pivot while reclining, making it more comfortable for both the passenger and the row behind. In-flight entertainment screens are also now 25% larger than the previous design.
These innovations were revealed by Qantas Group CEO Alan Joyce at the company’s Sydney headquarters in a dual announcement together with the half-year financial information. The design is based off a prototype by Thompson Aero Seating, which was then customised by Australian industrial designer David Coen.
The Qantas upgrades to the Boeing 787 Dreamliner planes were designed to make them as comfortable as possible, given their role as long-haul aircraft. Dreamliners fly some of the longest distances in the world – Melbourne to Los Angeles and the recently-announced non-stop flight from Perth to London, for example. The planes also include business, business suite and economy classes.
In 2008, Qantas became one of the first airlines in the world to introduce a premium economy class. The class features larger seats, more legroom and better food than economy class. It has become a popular choice for passengers on long flights who do not want to pay the high prices of business class.
The first of the new Qantas 787 Dreamliners will be unveiled in October, while the first international flight will take place in December, flying from Melbourne to Los Angeles. The new Perth to London flights will begin in March 2018.