Qantas reveals a wide new premium economy seat for 787s

Qantas' new Premium Economy seat on its 787-9 Dreamliners may just solve the age-old problem of recliner rage.

It'll be laid out in a 2-3-2 config in the middle of the plane between business and economy, with more room than the 3-3-3 economy layout but less personal space than Qantas' Business Suite.

Premium economy will have its own separate 28-seat cabin on the Dreamliner, and will be part of the 236-seat jet alongside business and regular economy - no first.

There is an antidote (for extra $$$) to the cramped economy seating on the soon to arrive Qantas 787-9 Dreamliners, and it was unveiled in Sydney this morning as a wide and versatile premium economy seat.

Commenting on the new Premium Economy, which will be flying on some of the longest routes in the world, including Perth to London, Qantas Group CEO Alan Joyce said: "This new Premium Economy seat has serious wow factor". The new seat has increased recline, making it more comfortable during flight. Each seat is nearly 10% wider than what's now offered in premium economy and they feature a unique recline motion that should provide better support for passengers.

The seats also include a ergonomic headrest with a custom pillow, two USB charging ports and five storage compartments.

High-definition Panasonic inflight entertainment seatback screens that are 25% larger.

Qantas have today announced the arrival of their next generation Premium Economy seats penned by leading Australian designer, David Caon.

Five individual storage compartments and two USB charging points per seat, as well as shared AC power and a personal LED light created to minimise disturbance of other passengers.

"We've made sure this seat offers genuine comfort through design elements not seen before on aircraft".

The cost of a Premium perch from Melbourne to Los Angeles - the first route being flown by the 787 from December 15, is around £1,357 one-way compared with about £524 in the back of the bus. Flights between Perth and London, which will directly link Australia and Europe for the first time, begin in March 2018.

As for the A380 and 747s, Qantas says that it will "assess updating existing premium economy cabins in-line with its fleet planning and product cycles".

  • Zachary Reyes