[HD video below] Qatar Airways has unveiled the look of its new
Business and Economy Class seats for its Boeing 787 aircraft that
will be added to the fleet this summer.
Qatar Airways’ new 787s will feature a total of
254 seats in a two-class configuration of 22 in Business Class and
232 in Economy.
Every seat throughout the
aircraft will feature touch screen Android technology
control units. Passengers
will be able to navigate through an interactive system,
offering more than 1,000 movie, TV programmes, music and gaming
entertainment options in a sophisticated and user friendly way,
just like the latest smart phones.
touch-screen control unit has a unique dual screen interface
allowing passengers to play games on their handheld device while
enjoying a movie on their personal screen.
Passengers can be fully connected through WIFI and GSM telephony,
sending both text and MMS messages. Voice calls, although
possible, will be disabled to minimise passenger disruption.
With a 1–2–1 configuration in Business Class, the
layout is more typical of a First Class cabin where each
passenger is assured of direct aisle access. The seats have been
designed exclusively for Qatar Airways.
offers considerable personal space, allowing passengers to sit back and relax in a
22-inch wide armchair that converts at a touch of a button into
different cradle positions before reaching a generous
80-inch long, 30-inch wide flat bed with plenty of legroom.
Armrests can be fully adjusted to different heights to
complement different body positions while dining, reading, working
or resting. Passengers will also be able to dine and work
with an elegant wood trimmed large sliding table. When dining begins, passengers can easily rest their laptops on the
side table, and there is ample storage space such as a show drawer and
side compartment for personal belongings.
The seats, produced by
B/E Aerospace, also feature generous 17-inch personal touch screen
In Economy Class, configured 3–3–3,
the Recaro-produced seats embody the very latest in design
technology and materials.
With 7 inches of recline, both the seat cushion and
backrest adjust to ‘cradle’ the passenger.
The slim-line seat design is set at a pitch of 32 inches, together
with a 16.9-inch width. The adjustable hammock-style headrest allows passengers to
more comfortably support their head while resting.
Each Economy Class seat is fitted with 10.6-inch
seat back TV monitors. And, with Wi-Fi and GSM telephony
options, all passengers throughout the aircraft can remain in
touch with the ground during their flight.
Personal power ports
are available in every seat, equipped with USB, MP3 and other
charger ports, including laptop power outlets.
ports enable holiday pictures from digital cameras to be viewed on
the personal screens, while iPort connectors enable iPod and
iPhone content to be displayed on passengers’ mini TVs ensuring
they are fully connected to work and play.
prepare to take delivery of our first Boeing 787 just months away,
we are delighted to announce a whole new passenger travel
experience with the unveiling of our brand new seats that will be
onboard the world’s newest aircraft,” said Qatar
Airways Chief Executive Officer,
Akbar Al Baker. “Space,
comfort and ensuring our passengers have the best onboard
entertainment options are key elements of our new Boeing 787s,
promising to set new benchmarks in air travel. Qatar Airways has
taken a lot of time and effort in ensuring we are true leaders in
the field rather than followers, meticulously working with
manufacturers on specific seat design and features.”
Qatar Airways is the first Middle East customer of the
Boeing 787, with 60 aircraft on order, including options. The
Doha-based airline is preparing to take delivery of five 787s
during 2012, with the first set to arrive in Qatar this summer.
The carrier will initially operate the aircraft on
intra-Gulf routes to provide flight crew with training hours
before Qatar Airways’ 787 is scheduled to appear on static display
at the Farnborough Air Show in July and then enter its first
long-haul commercial service on the Doha – London Heathrow route.
Inside Qatar Airways Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner
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