The 787 Dreamliner jet is being hailed as one of the first luxury jets aimed at keeping comfort at a priority and cost at a minimum.
There are currently 851 Dreamliners on order with Qantas purchasing 50, each at a cost of $194 million, and its counterpart, Jetstar receiving 15 Dreamliners.
Jetstar is set to roll-out flights in mid 2013, with destinations to Honolulu and Bali, and Qantas following behind with its roll-out in mid 2014.
According to Boeing, the airliner will be able to seat 350 travellers and will assist in diminishing jetlag as it offers up a new age of passenger comfort.
Those who have taken test flights say that the Dreamliner appears roomier; with larger overhead lockers which sit back away from aisles but are still easy to access; and higher ceilings.
The jet, which blocks out much of the outside engine noise, offers a quick take off and climbs steadily which allow passengers to remove their seat belts and move about the cabin promptly after the airliner reaches appropriate altitude.
The airliner seemed stable and sound, due in part to its turbulence-dampening system. The windows of the carrier are much larger which allow more natural sunlight.
Speaking of light, Dreamliner uses an array of colours to create a specific frame of mind; such as purple – giving the nightclub illusion; or for a more tranquil feel – utilising shades of blue, pink or orange, throughout the cabin. There is also an auto-tint button, which, when pushed, darkens the windows, though some say, it doesn’t entirely block out light at its darkest tint.
More leg room is also a part of the Dreamliner’s amenities, though the amount of leg room will be determined by whether or not Qantas purchased the eight-across seating layout or a more confined nine-across seating arrangement.
For those who experience that ear-popping sound when landing, this airliner is pressurised to match 1800m instead of 2400m, due to its relatively lighter material and frame. Boeing expects this new pressurization will afford passengers with less fatigue, dizziness and headaches.
David Hall, CEO of Jetstar Australia and New Zealand spoke reverently of Dreamliner, coining it as “plane of the future.” Hall also said as a result of minimising operational cost relating to fuel and maintenance, airfares will be kept low: “It will underpin the continued success of our low cost business.”
Alan Joyce, the CEO of Qantas noted that they will be able to offer its passengers a huge service despite un-going financial problems with their international company.