If you’ve been following the likes of Joe Aston or Neil Perry on Instagram will have seen a chosen few boarding the first Qantas Dreamliner in Seattle and flying through Hawaii enroute to Sydney where it landed this morning. 1,000 or so employees and media were on hand to welcome the plane but unfortunately, I wasn’t one of them.
I touched on the Premium Economy cabin earlier this year and published some renders of the lovely looking seats but now have some official interior images to share, and they certainly don’t disappoint!
I also shared some renders of the new business class product which has since been rolled out on Long Haul domestic routes. I’m yet to fly it but have only heard excellent things.
The new Economy cabin makes up for a total of 236 seats aboard ‘Great Southern Land’ which will take Australian’s direct to London from Perth in 2018. The aircraft, registered as VH-ZNA, will fly a number of domestic passenger services around Australia to assist with crew familiarisation before its first international service from Melbourne to Los Angeles on 15 December this year.
The second Qantas Dreamliner is currently on the production line at Boeing’s Seattle factory and will be delivered by early December. Two more Dreamliners will be delivered by March next year to coincide with the start of Perth-London services; all eight will have arrived by the end of 2018.
The Business Suites and Premium Economy seats featured on the Dreamliner will also be installed on the airline’s Airbus A380 fleet from 2019 onwards as part of an upgrade of its largest long-range aircraft.
Seven facts about the Qantas 787
- With a total seat count of 236 passengers, it has significantly fewer seats than many other airlines who have configured the aircraft to carry more than 300 passengers.
- Currently, most aircraft have cabin air pressure equivalent to that of an altitude of 8,000 ft. For the Dreamliner, Boeing cut that down to 6,000 ft, meaning it’s closer to conditions on the ground.
- The 787 uses up to 20 per cent less fuel that other traditional aircraft of its size.
- Qantas took a ‘best of Australia’ approach to configuring the aircraft, with Australian designer David Caon shaping the look and feel of the cabins; leading restaurateur Neil Perry designing the meals, and Sydney University’s Charles Perkins Centre collaborating on how to improve health and well-being on board.
- Windows that are 65 percent larger and positioned higher create an improved onboard environment and mean every seat is effectively a window seat.
- The Qantas 787s are named after Australian icons following a nationwide poll that generated more than 45,000 suggestions.
- The Perth to London route will be the first time Australia and Europe have been connected by a direct air link.
To book tickets onboard the first Qantas Dreamliner head to their website.