Qantas unveils its all-new premium economy seat

That long-haul flight on Qantas is about to get a bit more comfortable.

Qantas has unveiled its brand new premium economy seat, which the airline is calling "the most comfortable in its class".

The seat is wider than the current premium economy and will debut on the new fleet of Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners from October.

That means Australian travellers planning to hop onboard the forthcoming Perth to London non-stop route will be among the first to try out the new premium economy.

Stumping up the extra cash for premium economy means you'll be in a separate cabin of 28 seats, configured in a two-three-two layout.

A "unique" recline provides extra comfort for those gruelling flights to Europe, along with a specially designed pillow and a re-engineered footrest.

Other features include a HD seatback screen that's 25 per cent bigger than the current version, five individual storage compartments and two USB charging points.

Qantas Group CEO Alan Joyce said: "The Qantas Dreamliner will be flying some of the longest routes in the world, including non-stop from Perth to London, so we’ve focused on making each cabin the most comfortable in its class.

"This new Premium Economy seat has serious wow factor. You have to experience how well it supports you when you recline to realise it’s completely different from anything else in its class.

"When you combine these seats with the increased cabin humidity and turbulence reducing technology on the Dreamliner, it makes it an aircraft customers will really enjoy flying on."

Qantas said it's still weighing up introducing the new premium economy to existing planes.

Its first international 787 services take flight in December between Melbourne and Los Angeles, with flights between Perth and London starting March 2018.

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