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Next generation Premium Economy seat unveiled by Qantas

The next generation Premium Economy seat has been unveiled by Qantas ahead of its debut on the national airline's fleet of Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners from October.

It is wider than its predecessor and offers more overall functional space, with a unique recline motion for a higher level of comfort than before. 

Several sections shift to support the passenger's body as the rear of the seat reclines and moves into a more relaxed posture. 

It is almost ten per cent wider than Qantas' existing Premium Economy seats and just as wide as the Business Class offerings on other airlines. 

The headrest is ergonomically designed and has been fitted with a specially designed pillow and a re-engineered footrest. Both of these features are intended to significantly increase comfort when the passenger is reclined. 

Premium Economy on the Qantas Dreamliner will be a separate cabin of 28 seats, configured in a two-three-two layout, which will improve aisle access for passengers sat in the middle.

Inflight entertainment has also been given an upgrade, with high-definition Panasonic seatback screens that are 25 per cent larger than before. 

A total of five individual storage compartments and two USB charging points are allocated to each seat, as well as shared AC power and a personal LED light designed to minimise any disturbance caused to other passengers.

Alan Joyce, chief executive officer of the Qantas Group, emphasised the importance of passenger comfort on the Qantas Dreamliner, as it will be flying some of the longest routes in the world. 

"This new Premium Economy seat has serious wow factor. You have to experience how well it supports you when you recline to realise it's completely different from anything else in its class," he commented. 

"When you combine these seats with the increased cabin humidity and turbulence reducing technology on the Dreamliner, it makes it an aircraft customers will really enjoy flying on."

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