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Qantas unveils 53cm-wide seat to befit a Dreamliner

February 24, 2017 Headline News 1 Comment Email Email

Qantas has revealed its next generation Premium Economy seat, to debut on the airline’s fleet of B787-9 Dreamliners from this October.

A Qantas media statement said the new seat was “almost 10% wider than Qantas’ existing Premium Economy (and as wide as Business Class on other airlines)” and also offered increased recline.

According to the current seat width of Qantas Premium Economy (the distance between the armrests of a single seat)  is 19 inches (48.26cm), so “almost 10% wider” would bring it close to 20.9 inches (53cm).

“Wider and with more functional space overall, the new seat has a unique recline motion that provides a class-leading level of comfort,” Qantas said.

New Qantas Premium Economy Dreamliner seat

When the rear of the seat reclines, several sections shift to support the sitter’s body as they move into a more relaxing position.

Other key features of Premium Economy on the Qantas Dreamliner include:

  • A separate cabin of 28 seats, configured in a 2x3x2 layout to improve aisle access for middle passengers.
  • An ergonomically designed headrest that can be fitted with a specially designed pillow and a re-engineered footrest that significantly increases comfort when reclining.
  • High-definition Panasonic inflight entertainment seatback screens that are 25% larger.
  • Five individual storage compartments and two USB charging points per seat, as well as shared AC power and a personal LED light designed to minimise disturbance of other passengers.

Qantas Group chief executive Alan Joyce unveiled the seat to employees and media at the airline’s Sydney headquarters.

“The Qantas Dreamliner will by flying some of the longest routes in the world, including non-stop from Perth to London, so we’ve focused on making each cabin the most comfortable in its class,” Joyce said.

“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.

“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.

“When you combine these seats with the increased cabin humidity and turbulence reducing technology on the Dreamliner, it makes it an aircraft customers will really enjoy flying on,” Joyce said.

The new Premium Economy seat is based on a prototype by Thompson Aero Seating and heavily customised by leading Australian industrial designer David Caon.

“Developing a new seat comes with its own set of challenges and opportunities. Working with Thompson and Qantas, I think we’ve created a new standard for Premium Economy,” Mr Caon said.

Qantas introduced Premium Economy with its A380 aircraft in 2008 and later rolled it out onto the B747. Qantas will assess updating existing Premium Economy cabins in-line with its fleet planning and product cycles.

The Qantas Dreamliner will seat 236 passengers across Business, Premium Economy and Economy – a seat density the carrier says is “significantly lower than many of its competitors”.

The first of eight Dreamliners will be delivered in October this year with Qantas’ first international 787 services will take flight in December between Melbourne and Los Angeles. Flights between Perth and London, which will directly link Australia and Europe for the first time, begin in March 2018.

Edited by Peter Needham

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  1. AgentGerko says:

    Airlines love next generation aircraft like the 787 because they can do the very long distance routes economically, without the airline having to find 400-600 passengers to fill each flight, as currently is required with the 747 and the A380. QF badly dropped the ball when they went with the A380 and A330, rather than the 777, as the former is too big for the majority of routes and the latter is too short range for their longer routes. I would not be surprised to see QF place an order for the next gen 777 to operate alongside the 787, with some of their A380s being sent off to pasture.

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