Qantas Dreamliner to have more legroom with only 236 seats instead of 270

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Qantas Dreamliner 787-9
A model of a Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner in Qantas livery is shown during an event marking the 95th anniversary of the Airline at the Qantas Hangar at Sydney International Airport, November 16, 2015. Reuters/Jason Reed

Unlike most air carriers which squeeze every space available on its jets, Australian national carrier Qantas will provide more legroom to passengers of its soon-to-be launched Boeing 787-Dreamliner jet. The new aircraft, which has only 236 passenger seats across its business, premium economy and economy cabins instead of 270, aims to provide maximum comfort to air travelers on the flying roo’s ultra-long non-stop routes such as the planned Perth to London.

Qantas has yet to officially announce which routes would its newly purchased Dreamliner jet fly non-stop, although the Perth-London leg has been hinted. The Perth-London route’s approval depends on a deal being reached with Perth Airport, Yahoo News reports.

To transfer passengers from interstate and intrastate, Qantas must operate the 787 from the Qantas Perth domestic facility, not the international terminal.

Alan Joyce, chief executive of Qantas, says the Dreamliner was built for comfort with bigger windows to help reduce jetlag. The jet is extremely quiet because of a system that smooth out turbulence. “We designed the cabin to give Qantas passengers a better experience on long haul flights,” Joyce says.

Qantas consulted passengers on preferences such as better storage spaces for travelers, particularly the personal devices and water bottles of economy passengers. For its Business Suite, the 787 would have seat/bed installed to provide travelers a high level of privacy.

Flyers would have the ability to adjust the divided between each seat for the suites featuring a fully-flat 203 cm bed with plenty of space to eat, work or chill out.

The first Boeing 787-9 would be delivered to Qantas in October 2017, Australian Business Traveler reports. Among the routes Qantas is considering for the spacier Dreamliner are Melbourne-Dallas, Brisbane-Dallas, Sydney-Paris and Melbourne-Rome.