Back in October last year Qantas unveiled their new Dreamliner livery along with the new Economy and Business Class products that will debut on the plane. The new Qantas Premium Economy seat, however, was kept under wraps.
Yesterday that new Qantas Premium Economy seat was unveiled, propelling the airline straight to the forefront of the class. The design was based on a prototype by Qantas’ design partners Thompson Aero Seating and will be the only seat of its kind.
Erring more on the Business Class side of the spectrum, the new seats will be installed on all of Qantas’ Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners that are to delivered from October for the new Perth to London non-stop service.
The new Qantas Premium Economy seat will be laid out in a 2-3-2 configuration featuring a collapsible arm rest for aisle access and a wider central seat. They will be 10% wider than the airline’s current offering with a seat pitch which is 18cm more than a typical economy configuration. They’re also brimming with features and storage.
The highlight is a unique recline motion on two pivot points that not only creates a cradle type seat for sleeping but is not as intrusive on the passenger behind when it is fully reclined. There is an ergonomically designed headrest that can be fitted with a specially designed pillow and a reengineered footrest that significantly increases comfort when reclining.
The high-definition Panasonic in-flight entertainment screens are 25% larger than the airline’s existing offering and boast an L-shaped frame designed to securely hold your phones and tablets for viewing pleasure. The seat has five individual storage compartments, and two USB charging points per seat, as well as shared AC power and an ambient, LED light designed to minimise disturbance of other passengers.
The first of the Qantas Dreamliners will be delivered in October, with the first international flight, from Melbourne to Los Angeles, scheduled for December. Perth direct to London is scheduled to begin in March 2018.