Qatar Airways introduces a new business class seat called Qsuite. The 5 star Skytrax rated airline unveiled this new seat at the ITB Berlin travel trade show on March 8, 2017. Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive, His Excellency Mr. Akbar Al Baker, said: “Today I am proud to unveil the future of Premium travel with our new QSuite Business Class. Our unique and patented design is a world first in many ways and challenges industry norms by offering passengers more privacy, more choice and more personalization.
With these innovations, Qatar Airways has revolutionized the way we serve our Business Class travelers enabling our passengers to enjoy a First Class experience in Business Class. This is truly Business Class as never seen before and is entirely in keeping with our Premium product and service philosophy.
On Qatar Airways, you choose when you dine, and the menu options are varied, with something for everyone. You choose when you rest, and when you want entertainment, we offer more choices than any other airline. It only makes sense to give you the choice to make your own cabin-within-a-cabin, creating double QSuites or quadrants.”
The new cabin will have a 1-2-1 configuration and all passengers will have direct aisle access. All suites features privacy doors similar to the ones introduced by Delta Air Lines for its new Delta One® product on board its future A350-900 aircrafts.
Window seat occupants have forward facing seats. It features a color scheme with brown / burgundy tones throughout and hand-stitched Italian leather and satin rose gold finishing. Large surface and storage are provided for laptops and gadget. Connectivity is available with WiFi on board. HDMI / USB ports are added for passengers to connect their devices to their seat monitors for work or play.
Those sitting in the middle may be facing forward or backward. This unique twist allows up to four travellers to dine or have meetings together once the monitor partitions are moved. This is a world’s first in any class of service. The airline uses the occasion to introduce a new set of snack selection dubbed “sharing dishes” turning dining experiences into a more social one. A wake-up Express Breakfast will be available for those who choose to sleep a little longer by making the most of the ‘Do Not Disturb’ option available on the door of their private suite.
In another world’s first within the business class cabin, two adjourning suites in the cabin’s middle area can be converted into a double bed for enhanced comfort. Singapore Airlines was the first to introduce this concept on their A380 Suite Class back in October 2007.
In partnership with The White Company, passengers will get exclusively-designed cotton Business Class sleeper suits for use on board and luggage brand BRIC created new amenity kits featuring products from Italy’s Castello Monte Vibiano Vecchio.
The new seats will be showcased on a new Boeing 777 in June 2017 for flights between its hub at Doha’s Homad International Airport (DOH) to London’s Heathrow International Airport (LHR). It will be featured next on the airline’s first Airbus A350-1000 (Tail ID: F-WZNR) delivery currently in production. All existing 777s (43 in total) and A350s (15 in total) will be retrofitted one per month starting in June. This scheduled may be accelerated once the retrofit process is more familiar. Passengers travelling on the airline’s Boeing 787s and Airbus A380s will be disappointed to know that the new design will not make it on board due to size and other technical issues. A similar design featuring full privacy functions will be implemented specifically on these aircrafts in the future.