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The highly prestigious London to Sydney air route is to gain a third premium economy operator in February 2008 when Qantas joins British Airways and Virgin Atlantic in offering upgraded cabin. The new Qantas layout will pave the way for the introduction of similar accommodation on the Airbus A380 when it is introduced later in the year, pictured above (see ABTN 24 July).
Progressively introduced, the new product will be fitted on the main deck of Boeing 747 aircraft offering 32 seats in a 2+4+2 configuration. This will give easy access to all passengers. Seat width is 19.5” (50cm) with a 9” incline. Qantas say that it is offering up to 42” pitch, easily the best legroom yet seen in this class of travel.
Qantas executive general manager, John Borghetti said that the airline's premium economy cabin would appeal to economy travellers seeking more space, comfort and an enhanced level of service.
"The premium economy seat was designed by Marc Newson ” the designer of our award winning Skybed sleeper seat ” and manufactured by Recaro, which makes seats for luxury auto brands such as Aston Martin, Audi and Porsche," Borghetti said.
"Premium economy will also include a self-service bar offering a selection of refreshments throughout the flight, in addition to the regular choice of meals designed by Neil Perry's Rockpool Group, premium wines, superior tableware and soft furnishings."
Other key features of the new Qantas class include a dedicated check-in, larger, in-arm touch screen video monitor with email and internet connectivity and a wide centre console with a fixed cocktail table and in-arm meal table. Wireless internet is also available for passengers with laptops. From a comfort point of view there is ergonomic cushioning, a six-way adjustable headrest and an integrated leg rest with fold-out footrest.
Mr Borghetti said the premium economy cabin would be available gradually on 747 services to London, Hong Kong and Johannesburg from February 2008, with further routes being added following the introduction of A380 aircraft.