Qantas all-new premium economy seat – The next Qantas Airbus A350 jet will include 40 premium economy seats in a 2-4-2 configuration with a 40″ pitch.
Cradle’ seats have an all-new design with enhanced legrests.
The A350 Premium Economy seats will feature two high-power USB-C connections but no AC outlet.
Qantas has already announced the Airbus A350 first class rooms and business class suites that will fly high in his nonstop Project Sunrise Marathon from Sydney and Melbourne to London, New York, and Paris beginning in late 2025.
However, for those whose travel budget will not grow significantly. So far, the A350s will serve as a launchpad for a new approach on luxury economy.
The airline has recently showcased its third generation premium economy seat in flight, as well as a wellness area. The nose-to-tail cabin, located between the Premium Economy and Economy seats, rounds out the A350 passenger experience.
The new Qantas A350 Premium Economy seat, which is based on a Safran product and was customized by Qantas designer David Keon for increased comfort and convenience, solves two problems. Executive Traveler Since since. Last Generation Premium Economy It debuted on the Boeing 787 (and was later added to the Airbus A380 superjumbo fleet).
For starters, the distance between the seats has increased, relieving strain on the knees when the passenger in front of you bends over.
The 40″ pitch is two inches higher than that of the Boeing 787 and sits at the upper edge of the industry average 38″ pitch.
This will also make it easy to go on and off your seat on these ultra-long flights, which we look forward to. Very Passengers will be doing this, and that will be encouraged through Qantas’ wellness area. Shared between premium economy and economy travelers.
Qantas and Kaon have also eliminated the leg ‘hammock’ of the current Premium Economy seat, which was often too burdensome, and replaced it with a more typical calf-rest extending from the front of the seat, with a footrest extending from the bottom. Swings downward. Front seat.
We understand the challenges associated with foot netting,” acknowledged Kaon, executive traveler. “To address this, we’ve devised a unique solution. Our primary focus has been on ergonomics and intuitive use, and we believe we’ve achieved the right balance with this product.
According to Kaon, the Qantas A350 Premium Economy seat adheres to the ‘cradle’ concept, providing full-body support. However, it takes a more traditional approach compared to the Premium Economy seats on the 787 and A380.
For Kaon, flying in the Premium Economy is nothing new. During our recent conversation with executive traveler, Kaon had just returned from a Milan trip, accumulating miles in both Premium Economy and Economy.
Kaon emphasized that the same meticulous attention and effort go into designing Premium Economy seats as those in First and Business Class. These seats cater to a larger passenger base, making them highly valued.
An outstanding feature of the new A350 Premium Economy seat is the 8-inch wing on either side of the height-adjustable headrest. This not only enhances privacy but also provides a comfortable napping position, allowing passengers to rest their heads on either side.
I aimed to enhance passenger privacy, and we’ve accomplished this with the winged headrest,” described Kaon. He characterized the feature as a pronounced ‘cobra head’ design, providing a distinctive touch.
The redesigned Premium Economy seat features a more sculpted design, incorporating subtle details like scalloped armrests to create additional space around the waist
We aimed to enhance passenger space and comfort, despite the ample width of the A350, focusing on optimizing every small detail.”
Additionally, a thoughtful feature includes a groove in the tray table, allowing passengers to place a phone or tablet for personal entertainment. However, this might pose a challenge for viewing movies or TV shows during dining, especially when seated between you and your screen.
To ensure your travel devices stay charged, every Qantas A350 Premium Economy seat is equipped with two ‘high-power’ USB-C ports conveniently located under the cocktail table, situated beneath the shared armrest.
Qantas has made the decision to eliminate the traditional shared AC power socket in both Premium Economy and Economy classes, a move that aligns with the widespread adoption of USB-C charging for various devices, including earbuds and laptops, with even the upcoming iPhone 15 set to feature USB-C connectivity.
A spokesperson for Qantas, as explained to Executive Traveler, highlights that the two USB-C ports provided in each seat collectively boast a 60W rating, ensuring ample capacity for charging most medium-sized laptops. Additionally, passengers can access Qantas’ extensive inflight entertainment library on the 13.3″ seatback screen, offering Bluetooth audio streaming to headphones or earbuds, and enjoy complimentary fast WiFi on every Qantas A350 flight.
Kaon also offered a lighter and brighter color scheme for the Qantas A350’s premium economy cabin.
Previously, we had dark textiles and dark charcoal plastics, but everything is a touch lighter and higher in the A350’s premium economy interior… The entire cabin has a less clashing look and feel; it’s crisper and more polished, and that was a deliberate effort on our part to achieve ‘harmony’ with the colors, textures, and fabrics.
Kaon elucidates that the aim is to provide the Qantas A350 with a cohesive aesthetic from nose to tail.
“We have intentionally sought to maintain a high level of consistency in materials and finishes, avoiding the tendency to give each cabin its distinct character.
Visually, it also incorporates the same design elements found in First Class, encompassing color schemes, lighting, and ambiance, to create a unified and holistic feel.
This design philosophy isn’t limited to the Wellbeing Zone; it also extends to Economy Class. The configuration will feature 140 seats arranged in the standard 3-3-3 layout. Notably, an additional inch will be allocated compared to the 787, offering a comfortable 33 inches of pitch.
We eliminated the deep red hues, purple tones, and opted for a lighter palette,” stated Kaon. “Our aim is to create a more tranquil ambiance throughout.
However, a touch of burgundy persists: the same ox-blood burgundy leather found in business class is also present in the literature pockets of premium economy. In economy, we’ve incorporated it as a headrest, but we’ve moved away from using black cloth on the seat.
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