Yesterday, Qantas held a press event, unveiling their 787-9 airplane, including a new business class onboard. With the unveiling of this new aircraft came a new livery as well.
The New 787-9
- Will be delivered in the Fall of 2018.
- Will have 236 seats: 42 seats in Business Class, 28 seats in Premium Economy and 166 seats in Economy.
The New 787 Business Class Suite
This seat is similar to the Business Class seat I flew on their A330 from Sydney to Perth.
- The seats will be in a 1-2-1 configuration, with all aisle access.
- The seats have an 80” length when extended into bed mode, and a 24-25” width.
- Each seat features a privacy screen and do not disturb lights.
- Each seat features a 16” inflight entertainment screen, as well as full USB and international charging outlets.
This seat was really comfortably when I flew it, though it’s worth noting that you want to be sure to select the seats the large armrest console against the aisle for more privacy.
New Economy Class Seat
- New Economy class seats will have an additional inch of legroom from the A380 (total 32”), 6” of recline and mood lighting.
- Each seat will have capability to hold a personal entertainment device such as an iPad.
As part of the roll out of the 787, Qantas has introduced a new livery. I wouldn’t classify this as anything groundbreaking, but more of a stylized logo and a modernizing of the kangaroo tail.
They also did a short video of the new logo, compared to their previous versions.
I don’t mind the new livery that much, having looked at it a few times now. It just provides a modern spin on a timeless classic.
Here’s a neat infographic on the new livery:
For more pictures of both products, visit Points from the Pacific who covered the event live and has actual pictures of the seats to share. There’s lots go good info in his post, so be sure to check it out.
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