Qantas has unveiled the final seats for its new Boeing 787 Dreamliner planes with a new premium economy design.
Boasting a seat 10 per cent wider and with a greater recline than the airline's existing premium economy product, the new premium economy cabin will feature 28 seats in a 2-3-2 layout.
The new seat is based on a prototype by Thompson Aero Seating and has been customised by Australian industrial designer David Caon. Other design elements include an ergonomic headrest with custom pillow, two USB charging points and five separate storage compartments.
The seat will feature on some of Qantas' longest haul flights, starting with its first Dreamliner route from Melbourne to Los Angeles and, later, the much-vaunted non-stop flight from Perth to London in March 2018.
The Qantas 787 Dreamliner will seat 236 passengers across three classes, with the first of the next-generation 787 due to be delivered in October before taking off on commercial flights in December.
The 787s will have a 1-2-1 layout with 42 seats in the business class cabin and 166 in economy. The airline points out this is a less cramped configuration than many other airlines use for the aircraft, with a more typical Dreamliner 787-9 carrying more than 300 passengers.
The business class seat will be the same as the new seat found on the airline's Airbus A330s, with the added improvement of an adjustable divider between seats. The "Business Suite" also converts to a fully flat bed and the layout will offer direct aisle access for all business class passengers.
Qantas was one of the world's first airlines to introduce a premium economy product in 2008. The class has since become popular with airlines around the world.
Boasting larger seats, more legroom and better food than standard economy, the class has become a popular choice for passengers on long haul flights who don't want to spend the money for a high-priced business class seat.
Other airlines offering premium economy class flying from Australia include Virgin Australia, Singapore Airlines, Air New Zealand and Cathay Pacific.
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