Qantas has offered some details of what can be expected aboard its flagship 787-9 Dreamliner when it is officially unveiled next year.
A total of 236 passengers will be seated across Business, Premium Economy and Economy cabins - and the layout has been designed to ensure the highest level of comfort for the longer distances the 787-9 is intended to fly.
The same generation of seat that was recently installed on the Qantas Airbus A330 fleet will be fitted in Business Suite. These have already become renowned for offering a high level of privacy, which will be particularly flexible on the 787 as it will be complemented with the ability to adjust the divider between each seat.
A fully-flat bed and space to eat, work or relax are all offered in the suites, which are laid out in a 1-2-1 configuration. This means that every seat includes direct aisle access and the ability to stay reclined during both take-off and landing.
More room is also offered to Economy passengers, with an extra inch of seat pitch compared with the A380, as well as an all-new seat. This seat incorporates a personal device holder and USB ports, with more storage areas, a seat-back light and a high-definition entertainment touchscreen.
Alan Joyce, chief executive officer of the Qantas Group, said all of these interior design choices were made in mind of the experience of travellers on longer routes.
"The Dreamliner is an aircraft built for comfort. The windows are bigger, it helps reduce jetlag, it's extremely quiet and there’s a system that smooths out turbulence. Customers are going to love it," he remarked.
"We're planning to make the most of the 787's amazing range, so we've designed the cabin to give Qantas passengers a better experience on long haul flights."