October 19, 2017
Qantas Takes Deliver of its First 787 Dreamliner
Australia’s national flag carrier Qantas received its first 787-9 Dreamliner from Boeing. The airline celebrated the pick-up at Paine Field in Washington State on Monday. This is the first of eight Dreamliners which Qantas has ordered from Boeing, and it has the option to order 45 more.
Qantas plans to replace its fleet of Boeing 747-400s with the more fuel-efficient Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners. The airline is hoping to make financial gains with its new long-haul acquisitions by saving money on fuel and reaching further destinations. Qantas is planning on using the 787 for its twenty-hour super long haul route from Perth to London, among other new non-stop destinations. Travelers based in London will be able to utilize the gorgeous new Qantas lounge opening this November.
Qantas’s Dreamliner will have 236 total seats in three different classes: Business, Premium Economy, and Economy. Unfortunately, there’s no First Class. The Business Cabin will have 42 seats in a 1-2-1 configuration. Premium Economy will have 28 seats in 2-3-2 configurations. Standard Economy will have 166 seats in a 3-3-3 configuration.
The new 787s will have two self-service bars (one in Business and one in Premium Economy/Economy) and seven lavatories. The aircrafts will also have electronically dimming windows, typical of all Dreamliners. One downside is that the aircraft is not Wi-Fi equipped, which is unfortunate because most major carriers (including Qantas’ main competitors) do provide or are beginning to provide it.
All in all, I think this is a great investment for Qantas, as it is expanding its destinations to new markets.
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