Qantas started flying the most comfortable seats it has ever put in the skies when it launched its new Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner in December 2017. Carrying 236 passengers across three cabins, the Qantas Dreamliner features the latest version of the airline’s Business Suite, nicknamed “mini First Class” by some frequent flyers, as well as a next-generation Premium Economy seat and a significantly improved Economy seat with extra storage compartments and more legroom. The Qantas Dreamliner flies from New York, Los Angeles and San Francisco to Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney.
Qantas also has plans to upgrade its fleet of Airbus A380 aircraft. The upgrade will see Qantas’ business class Skybeds replaced with the latest version of the Business Suite and the installation of the airline’s new class-leading Premium Economy seats, with double the number of Premium Economy seats being installed. The passenger lounge on the A380 upper deck will be redesigned to provide more room for First and Business Class customers to dine and relax.
Looking towards the future, Qantas has publicly challenged Airbus and Boeing to manufacture an aircraft capable of flying nonstop between New York and Sydney to make the journey to Australia even shorter. Qantas will make an announcement around ‘Project Sunrise’ later in 2019, including which aircraft type it would operate, with both the Boeing 777X and the Airbus A350 under consideration.
All of this is happening as the airline enters its 100th year of operation and will ensure the inflight experience for customers traveling from the United States on Qantas will have never been better.