IF you’re all about comfort when travelling, this is going to make you one very happy little jet-setter.
Qantas has today unveiled its very first Boeing Dreamliner and if the images of the aircraft are anything to go by, passengers are in for a real treat.
At a ceremony at the Boeing factory in Seattle, Qantas Group CEO Alan Joyce said the first Dreamliner signaled the start of an exciting new era for the national carrier and for the travelling public.
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“From the distance it’s able to fly, to the attention to detail we’ve put into the cabin design, it will reshape what people come to expect from international travel,” Mr Joyce said.
“The Dreamliner makes routes like Perth to London possible, which will be the first direct air link Australia has ever had with Europe. And it means other potential routes are now on the drawing board as well.
Mr Joyce said there are a lot of elements that combine to make the Qantas Dreamliner special – including the seats, the lighting, the entertainment, personal storage, right through to the special crockery, cutlery and glassware that weighs on average 11 per cent less.
“We’re working with sleep specialists, dieticians and other scientists at the University of Sydney to see how adjustments to our inflight service can improve wellbeing and help people adjust to new timezones,” added Mr Joyce.
The 787-9 Dreamliner features next generation seating in Economy, Premium Economy and Business Class, with more space and a lower passenger count.
Other Dreamliner features include larger windows, better air quality to help reduce jetlag and ride dampening technology to minimise the effects of turbulence. It is also quieter, more fuel efficient and generates fewer greenhouse emissions than similarly-sized aircraft, Qantas says.
A total of eight Dreamliners will be delivered to Qantas by the end of 2018.
Two Dreamliner routes have been announced so far, including Melbourne to Los Angles starting in December this year and Perth to London starting in March next year.
Additional flights from Brisbane have also been flagged.
The name Great Southern Land was chosen for the first aircraft out of 45,000 suggestions put forward by the public.