INFOGRAPHIC: Qantas 787-9 unveiled... No more jetlag? We like it!

2016-11-03 10:31 - Carina Greef
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Qantas 787-9 Dreamliner

Cape Town - Loyal Qantas passengers can look forward to boarding the flagship 787-9 Dreamliner next year.

Qantas has pulled out all the bragging stops and we can see why. Jetlag reducing seats that tune down turbulence and even comfier Economy Class? We're all ears Qantas?

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.

Business Class

The Business Suite is the next generation of the very popular seat recently installed on Qantas’ Airbus A330 fleet. These suites are known for providing a high level of privacy, made more flexible on the 787 with the ability to now adjust the 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, each suite has direct aisle access as well as the ability to stay reclined during take-off and landing.

Not your average Economy Class

Economy passengers will also have more room – including an extra inch of seat pitch compared with the national carrier’s A380 – and an all-new seat.

It features a new personal device holder and USB ports; more storage areas; a seat-back mood light designed to minimise disturbance for other passengers; and a high-definition entertainment touchscreen that is five% larger.

The seats also feature an updated version of the popular Qantas ‘footnet’ first introduced on the A380, designed to cradle the legs during sleep.

SEE: When travelling business class...

Bring on the long-haul flights

Unveiling the Business and Economy seats in Sydney, Qantas Group CEO Alan Joyce said the interiors had been carefully designed with longer routes and changing passenger preferences in mind.

“The Dreamliner is an aircraft built for comfort. Customers are going to love it,” said Mr Joyce.

- The windows are bigger

- It helps reduce jetlag

- It’s extremely quiet

- There’s a system that smooths out turbulence. 

“We’re planning to make the most of the 787’s amazing range, so we’ve designed the cabin to give Qantas passengers a better experience on long-haul flights.

Mr Joyce said cabin design elements reflect what is important to the customers. "Personal storage rates highly, so we’ve created extra space in Economy for customers to store their personal devices and water bottles." The new Economy seat includes features other carriers reserve for Premium Economy.

The Dreamliner's in-flight experience is also being redesigned. Menus and self-service bars are being relooked.

The Dreamliner cabin interiors and new economy seat, designed by Australian industrial designer David Caon, are a progression of the Qantas aesthetic established by Marc Newson.

Where to catch a dreamliner?

Details on initial Qantas Dreamliner destinations will be revealed soon. The aircraft will gradually take over routes currently operated by the airline’s B747 fleet as well as adding new city-pairs to the Qantas International network.

The Dreamliner’s Premium Economy cabin, which will offer a class leading experience and a revolutionary new seat, will be unveiled in early 2017.