Qantas has revealed what passengers on-board its flagship 787-9 Dreamliner can expect when the aircraft arrives in a year’s time.
The Qantas Dreamliner will seat 236 passengers across Business, Premium Economy and Economy cabins in a layout that has been designed to maximise comfort for the longer distances the 787-9 is expected to fly.
Economy passengers will have more room than usual – including an extra inch of seat pitch compared with the airline’s A380 – and an all-new seat.
The Business Suite is the next generation of the very popular seat recently installed on Qantas’ Airbus A330 fleet. Known for providing a high level of privacy, they’re now more flexible with the addition of a moving divider between each seat. The Suites also have a fully-flat bed and offer plenty of space to eat, work or relax. Laid out in a 1-2-1 configuration for the much-coveted direct aisle access, they also have the unique ability to be reclined during take-off and landing. There’s a new spot to stow your personal device holder, speedy USB charging ports, more storage than ever before, a seat-back mood light designed to minimise disturbance to other passengers, a slightly larger high-definition touchscreen, and an updated version of Qantas’ popular ‘foot-net- to cradle your legs while you’re sleeping.
The Dreamliner’s Premium Economy cabin is expected to be unveiled in early 2017.
Everyone is keen to know which routes Qantas is planning to run the Dreamliner on first, and that information should be revealed in the coming months with the first international flights due to be on sale before Christmas. The aircraft will gradually take over routes currently operated by Qantas’ B747 fleet as well as adding new destinations.