Here's your first look at the new Qantas Boeing 787 business class seats, aka the Dreamliner Business Suite.
As expected, it's an evolution of Qantas' highly-regarded Airbus A330 Business Suite with a few subtle tweaks and one substantial improvement.
That big change? There's now a sliding divider between the paired middle seats – similar to that on the Qantas Airbus A380 superjumbo – which travellers can move up for privacy, or down for sociability with their seatmate.
This addresses one of the few criticisms of the original A330 Business Suite (below), which had a fixed wall between those middle seats.
Most everything else remains the same, wrapped in a contemporary toned-down colour scheme designed to match the interior of the Boeing 787-9's premium cabin.
"We've retained the main champagne colour, the timber is changed be a darker shade and some items of finishing have also been updated a little bit to introduce more natural finishes" says industrial designer David Caon, who Qantas hired to update the seat from the original Marc Newson model.
The pointy end of the Qantas Boeing 787 will sport 42 Business Suites in a 1-2-1 layout, providing every passenger with direct aisle access and a staggered seating arrangement as seen in the A330s:
The rest of the Business Suite recipe remains pleasingly the same: a goodly amount of space around the seat to keep your personal stuff close at hand, conveniently-located AC and USB power sockets, and a large 16 inch video screen.
The seat can be partially reclined during the taxi, take-off and landing stages of your Boeing 787 flight, and of course it swings down into a 2 metre lie-flat bed.
The Boeing 787's business class will be divided into two cabins: a main section at the front of the plane with eight rows, and a smaller secondary cabin with three rows located just ahead of premium economy.