- Qantas took delivery of its first Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners in October.
- Before Qantas flew the Dreamliner back to Australia, Business Insider got the chance to tour the plane.
- As part of the tour, we got access to the Dreamliner’s crew rest compartments.
- They are hidden compartments where pilots and flights attendants go to rest during long flights.
In March, Qantas will begin scheduled non-stop flights to London from its hub in Perth, Western Australia. The 17-hour-long, 9,008-mile flight is one of the longest in the world.
These flights are so long that pilots and flight attendants work on a rotating schedule, which means they need a place to sleep.
Most modern wide-body airliners used for long-haul international flights are equipped with crew rest compartments.
To make this route possible, Australia’s national airline ordered a fleet of eight brand new Boeing 787-9s.
Recently, Business Insider got the chance to preview Qantas’ first new Boeing 787-9. As part of the tour, Qantas gave us access to the hidden crew rest compartments located above the main passenger cabin. Since these are areas of the aircraft that are strictly off-limits to the flying public, we simply couldn’t say no.
Here’s a closer look at the pilot and flight attendant crew rests on board the Boeing 787-9.