Last week, Qantas received its very first Dreamliner, and it’s spectacular. Their CEO, Alan Joyce, indicted it “will reshape what people come to expect from international travel”.
Beginning this December, you can book a ticket on this beauty, and set off from Melbourne to Los Angeles. Next year in March, the Dreamliner will start flying the longest route—totaling 17 hours (over 9,000 miles)—from Perth to London. And for those who are looking to enjoy the flight in comfort, sitting in the aircraft’s business class will be a must.
For those of you who are ready to embark on another journey in comfort, here’s what you can expect in the new business class cabin aboard the Qantas Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner.
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Qantas’ designer, David Caon, has taken the seat on the airline’s Airbus A330 and redesigned it to be even better—more contemporary with its wooden finish, and an adjustable divider for two travelers sitting next to each other in the middle row. But that’s not all.
To add to the comfort, each seat has been created to fully extended into a lie-flat position, the headrest has an ergonomic design, and the footrest now offers more comfort when reclining than any other of their business class seats.
Additional features include two USB ports, A/C power socket, and a personal reading light. Need to keep preoccupied? Now you can with an even larger, touch-screen entertainment screen, measuring 16 inches (about 4 inches larger than the older ones) with hundreds of hours worth of films, shows, music and games to help pass the time.
For those of you who flew in their older business class probably remember the tray tables that had to be folded. Thankfully, you no longer need to do that because the new seats allow you to pull them out from the side.
In addition to the changes in the seat, the airline has partnered with several culinary experts and well-known restaurateurs like Neil Perry, who have to re-engineer the dining experience. For instance, changes have been made to the in-flight menu to make it even more unique, the cabin lighting has been altered to match the meal you’re eating, and utensils and dinnerware have been switched out to be lighter but chic in order to save on fuel costs. Qantas has also added in a bar in the back of the business class cabin that is stocked with all sorts of drink and snacks to keep you full no matter what time it is.
The business class cabin is comprised of 42 seats in a 1-2-1 configuration, allowing direct aisle access for every passenger. As we’ve probably said over-and-over again, it’s a favorable design by passengers sitting in upper-class cabins these days, so it’s a smart move for this award-winning airline.
In an interview, Joyce said, “Taking delivery of a new type of aircraft is always an important milestone for an airline and the 787 is a game-changer. From the distance it’s able to fly, to the attention to detail we’ve put into the cabin design, it will reshape what people come to expect from international travel”. It’s the first flight that Australia will connect with Europe directly, so yes, it indeed is a “game-change”.