Travelling in premium economy on Qantas' upgraded Boeing 747 and looking for the best seats?
All the Red Roo's long-range 747-400ER jets and some of its regular 747-400s have been upgraded with the Airbus A380-style cabins and seating, and there are some real gems — plus a couple of real shockers too.
Qantas' Marc Newson-designed premium economy seats are among the best in the sky, with 19.5 inch wide seats (49.5 cm) set 38 inches (96 cm) apart in a 2-4-2 layout.
The revamped 747s have 36 of them over the wing, in a separate cabin between business and economy, right behind a big section of galley kitchen and with only a wall separating the back row of premium economy from regular economy.
How to tell if you're booked on one of the rejigged jumbos?
The seat map on your reservation has the front of premium economy with two seats on the left in rows 34 and 35, then rows 36-39 in a 2-4-2 layout.
(Otherwise, consult our guide to the best seats in premium economy on Qantas' older 747s.)
The best seats on the plane
36K: window seat fans should pick this seat: with nobody reclining back into you there's more space, yet it's away from the bassinet crib position and lavatories.
34A: the second best window seat in the cabin, this one is right behind the lavatory and has a bassinet crib in front of it: you might be moved for or disturbed by a baby.
36D 36G 36J: if you like an aisle, these are good picks with nobody reclining backwards into you and no bassinet crib immediately in front.
37D 37G 37D 38G: on most long 747 flights, an aisle seat is a big bonus: you can get up and stretch at your leisure without disturbing the person next to you. These middle section seats are more likely to have no seatmate — nobody wants to sit in a middle seat.
The worst seats on the plane
39D 39E 39F 39G: with two of the four economy bassinet crib positions right behind you, this is a row to avoid.
38A 39A 38K 39K: watch out: these window seats have alternate windows blocked out, so you'll have to crane your neck to see out.
34B: avoid this seat: it's immediately next to the single lavatory, which sees queues during busy periods.
Also in our series of Best Seats guides:
- Business Class on United's 747
- Club World (Business Class) on British Airways' 747
- Business Class on Singapore Airlines' A380
- Business Class on Emirates' 777-300ER
- Premium Economy on Qantas' A380.