More of everything seems to be the thread behind the new Qantas Dreamliner; that is, more time in the air for its flyers, and more space too.
Qantas has unveiled the cabins of the B787-9 Dreamliners it will welcome to its fleet in a year’s time, and the carrier said the interiors had been carefully designed with longer routes and changing demands in mind.
“The Dreamliner is an aircraft built for comfort. The windows are bigger, it helps reduce jetlag, it’s extremely quiet and there’s a system that smooths out turbulence. Customers are going to love it,” Qantas CEO Alan Joyce said at the unveiling of the business and economy seats in Sydney.
In a layout designed to maximize the comfort of flyers who’ll be spending more time in the air than ever before, the new Boeing aircraft will seat 236 passengers across Business, Premium Economy and Economy cabins.
The plane’s “more flexible” Business Suite, an upgrade of the recently installed seat on the carrier’s A330 aircraft, will now feature a divider between each seat as well as fully-flat beds, total direct aisle access, and the option of staying reclined during take-off and landing, in a 1-2-1 formation.
The “all new” economy seat will also be roomier, with an inch more legroom than its equivalent on the carrier’s A380.
In a 3-3-3 configuration, the new seat will feature a new personal device holder and USB ports, more storage areas, a seat-back mood light to minimise disturbance for other passengers, and a 5% larger HD touchscreen.
The 787’s Premium Economy cabin, which Qantas says will offer a class leading experience and revolutionary new seat, will be introduced in early 2017.
To complement its new cabins, Mr Joyce said the carrier was also redesigning the inflight experience for the Dreamliner, “from rethinking our menus to making better use of the self-service bars during different phases of flight”.
The flying kangaroo will reveal details of its Dreamliner routes in the coming months, with the first international flights on sale before Christmas.
However, Mr Joyce said on the sidelines of the unveiling that direct flights to London from Perth could be just weeks away from being announced, which means Australia could have its first ever nonstop flights to Europe by the end of 2017.
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