Qantas will debut its enhanced premium economy seats on its fleet of Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners in October.
There will be 28 premium economy seats in a separate cabin, configured in a two-three-two layout. Each Boeing 787-9 will have 236 seats across business, premium economy and economy – a density that is “significantly lower than many of its competitors”, according to Qantas.
Seats will have increased recline and are almost 10 per cent wider than the existing product, which Qantas says matches the width of business class seats on other airlines.
Other features include an ergonomically-designed headrest and a re-engineered footrest for increased recline comfort; high-definition Panasonic seatback screens that are 25 per cent larger; five individual storage compartments and two USB charging points per seat; and shared AC power and a personal LED light.
Qantas Group CEO Alan Joyce said: “The Qantas Dreamliner will be 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.
“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,” he added.
The first of eight Dreamliners will be delivered in October this year with Qantas’ first international 787 services taking 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.