This morning Qantas announced details on their new Premium Economy seating for the Qantas Boeing 787 Dreamliner which will commence flying in December 2017.
At first glance, the seat appears similar to the offerings from Singapore Airlines and Cathay Pacific, but Qantas has added some ‘under the hood’ innovations to increase comfort.
Qantas’ 787 Premium Economy product offers:
- A separate cabin of 28 seats, configured in a two-three-two layout to improve aisle access for middle passengers.
- A seat that is almost 10 per cent wider than Qantas’ existing Premium Economy (and as wide as Business Class on other airlines) as well as increased recline.
- 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 per cent 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.
Overall, I think this looks like a really solid product and its great to see Qantas investing in innovation that will hopefully lead to increased comfort in flight. I’m excited about Qantas’ first 787 taking to the skies later this year and will be keen to try out this cabin and their Business Suite as soon as I can.