Captain Alex Passerini Unveils First Qantas Dreamliner: ‘There’s A Lot of Emotion’

The Chief Technical Pilot for Qantas Flight Operations has travelled the world for 30 years, taking a peek at the beauty of our country’s land whilst favouring others closer to the heart.

“My parents were Italian immigrants — it took them 42 days by ship to come into Australia,” Passerini tells TV Buzz. “My culture and upbringing came from Italy, though I’m always willing to teach my kids all about the world.”

The Captain admits he enjoys some inflight entertainment — at home. “My favourite film is ‘The Right Stuff’ with Sam Shepard,” he says. “Based on Tom Wolfe’s book on the history of the U.S. Space program.”

Passerini explains that the “advanced technology are the highlights of the new Dreamliner, reducing turbulence and improving entertainment experiences.”

“One of the main features is the wing,” Alex adds. “It’s made of composite fibre. You can also expect larger windows, better air quality to help reduce jet lag, and ride dampening technology to reduce the effects of turbulence.”

The Dreamliner can seat up to 236 people, including 42 in business class, 28 in premium economy, and 166 in economy. “Many passengers who aren’t frequent flyers are just surprised by the plane’s exterior,” he says. “And inside, it’s the small designs – high-definition displays, reduced noise level and long-haul sleeping area – that make the passenger’s life a little more comfortable.”

“After 12 years, a lot of emotion has been put into it,” Passerini says. “It’s great to take part in something that is going to change the way we fly.”

From December 2017, the Qantas Dreamliner will fly between Melbourne and Los Angeles six times a week. And next March, the launch of a daily non-stop service between Perth and London Heathrow.

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