Qantas unveils its new Qantas 787-9 Dreamliner
Qantas unveiled what customers travelling on its flagship Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner can expect when the aircraft commences operation later this year. The most technologically advanced aircraft in the fleet, Qantas have eight of these cutting edge aircraft on order, which will enable passengers to traverse the globe in a single, uber-stylish hop.
Thanks to its lighter carbon fibre body, pioneering GEnx engines and advanced on-board systems, the 787-9 Dreamliner uses less fuel – up to 20 per cent less than a similarly sized aircraft – which opens up a whole new world of destination opportunities for overseas-bound travellers. It also offers far less in the way of emissions, with 20% less carbon emissions and 40% less nitrous oxide emissions compared to its current fleet, which, in this current age of global warming concern, is certainly an environmentally conscious choice.
Seating 236 passengers across its Business, Premium Economy and Economy cabins, the aircraft has been designed to maximise comfort for the longer distances the 787-9 model is expected to fly, and it will gradually take over routes currently operated by the B747 fleet as well as adding new city-pairs to the Qantas International network.
Every seat in every cabin has been redesigned to offer the ultimate in comfort for long-haul flyers. Business Class passengers can still take advantage of the next generation of seating recently installed on the Qantas’ Airbus A330 fleet that offers a high level of privacy, with the ability to further adjust the divider between each seat. Their Business Suites will also have a fully flat bed laid out in a 1-2-1 configuration, which means each suite will have direct aisle access, and grant passengers the ability to stay reclined during take-off and landing.
Economy passengers will also have more room, including an extra inch of seat pitch compared with the national carrier’s A380, and seats will also feature an updated version of the popular Qantas ‘footnet’, which is designed to cradle the legs during sleep. Seats will also feature more storage areas, a new personal device holder and USB ports, a seat-back mood light designed to minimise disturbance to other passengers, and a high-definition entertainment touchscreen that is five per cent larger.
Designed ultimately to give Qantas passengers a better experience on long-haul flights, the 787-9 Dreamliner is fitted with state-of-the-art technology that is designed to decrease turbulence, minimise cabin noise and improve air quality. Interiors have been carefully designed to increase comfort, sporting larger windows that will assist with reducing jetlag, and menus have been redesigned to make better use of the fleet’s self-service bars during different phases of a passenger’s journey.
From December* this year, passengers can fly direct to Los Angeles six times a week from Melbourne on-board the brand new Qantas 787-9 Dreamliner service. From March 2018*, a daily non-stop service between Perth and London Heathrow is scheduled to begin, making it the shortest and fastest version of the ‘Kangaroo Route’ in the company’s 70-year aviation history.
History in the Making
The 14,498-kilometre service will be the first regular passenger service to directly link Australia with Europe, and it’s believed that this history-making route will be a watershed moment for the country’s travel, tourism and trade sectors.
When Qantas first created the ‘Kangaroo Route’ to London way back in 1947, it took four days and nine stops. Now it will take just 17 hours to fly non-stop from Perth, meaning, that when it launches, it will be the third longest passenger flight in the world and the Boeing Dreamliner’s longest.
“Feels like home”? Qantas are one step closer to guaranteeing their fleet do just that.
* Flights from Melbourne to Los Angeles are scheduled from December 2017. Flights from Perth to London are non-stop and scheduled from March 2018. Subject to aircraft and schedule changes. Subject to government and regulatory approval.
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