Having confirmed in December last year that its first Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner will fly between Melbourne and Los Angeles in December this year, Qantas has now unveiled its new premium economy seats that it will be debuting on its B787-9 Dreamliners.
Most notable among the new premium economy seat features is a recline motion that shifts various parts of the seat to support your body as the seat reclines. Meanwhile the seats will also include a redesigned headrest that can be fitted with a specially designed pillow, along with a new footrest design.
According to CEO Alan Joyce, the new Dreamliner premium economy seats have been specifically designed to offer increased comfort for the ultra-long-haul routes on which the Dreamliners will be operating.
“Our Business Suite has been dubbed ‘mini first class’ by some of our frequent flyers and our economy seat for the Dreamliner has features that some reserve for premium economy,” said Joyce. “This new premium economy seat has serious wow factor. You have to experience how well it supports you when you recline to realise it’s completely different from anything else in its class.”
This includes Qantas’ own existing premium economy offering. The seats will be located in a separate cabin of 28 seats and will follow the airline’s Airbus A380 configuration of a 2-3-2 layout (Qantas’ B747-400 premium economy seats are positioned in a 2-4-2 layout). These new seats are also 10 per cent wider than the airline’s current premium economy offering (which offers 19.5 inches in width), matching the width of some business class seats on other airlines. Increased recline will also be a feature of the new seats.
From the entertainment and convenience side, the Qantas premium economy seats will offer HD Panasonic seatback screens that are claimed to be 25 per cent larger than its previous iterations. Five storage compartments and two USB charging points will also be available per seat, while a shared AC power socket and personal LED light are also included.
The Australian carrier is set to receive the first of its current eight B787-9 Dreamliners in October, with the aircraft due to be deployed on its recently announced 17-hour Perth-London route in March 2018. The aircraft will feature a total of 236 seats across business, premium economy and economy class – a seat density the airline says is “significantly lower than many of its competitors”.