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Class rating 8.1


  • Boarding 8.2
  • Seat for sitting 7.9
  • Seat for sleeping 7.1
  • Service 8.4
  • Entertainment 7.4
  • Food & drink 8.3
  • Punctuality 8.4
  • Baggage 6.6
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The new premium economy cabin from Qantas debuted on the carrier's B747-400 aircraft. On the main (lower) deck of the B747, there are 32 seats in a 2-4-2 layout. Seat width is 19.5 inches (50cm) and legroom 38-40 inches. On the A380, the cabin is on the upper deck with 32 seats in a 2-3-2 configuration and a pitch of 38-42 inches.

The seats are designed by Marc Newson – the man behind the Qantas Skybed sleeper seat - and are manufactured by Recaro. They feature extra width and recline, more legroom and an in-arm digital widescreen television monitor, as well as laptop power connection.

There is a self-service bar offering a selection of refreshments throughout the flight, in addition to the regular choice of meals designed by Neil Perry’s Rockpool Group. Premium economy passengers also get better quality wines, superior tableware and soft furnishings.

The seats feature ergonomic cushioning;larger, in-arm touch screen video monitor; multiport jack with USB (A380 only) and RJ45 ports. There is also a six-way adjustable headrest; an integrated leg rest with fold-out footrest; anda wide centre console with a fixed cocktail table and in-arm meal table.

Premium Economy

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FrequentPR flew Qantas Premium Economy, on a A380 (Config. 2)

For the first time when checking in, I used a very slow ATM-like machine that asked numerous questions and which was extremely slow in its response times. Other passengers were having to recommence the process at times. I then went to bag drop but was unable to change my middle seat in the main economy cabin as the flight was 'oversold. Boarding commenced at about... more




TominScotland flew Qantas Premium Economy, on a B747-400 (Config 2)

I transfered from Qantas Domestic in Sydney and, with plenty of time, made my way up to the Qantas First Lounge - much talked about so I was keen to see it for myself. The stunning thing about this Lounge is its location, long and bright overlooking the apron. After the (presumed) rush of QF1 and BA15, the place was very quiet so I settled down overlooking my departure... more




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