On the opening day of the Paris Air Show, Qatar Airways stole the limelight with the reveal of the first aircraft fitted with the new business-class Qsuite. The airline’s execs are building up the expectations, with CEO Akbar Al Baker noting, “This product will transform premium travel by bringing a first-class experience to the business-class cabin. With this innovative offering — which features the first-ever double bed in business class — we have set a new standard for the industry…”
It’s true — the Qsuite does offer the first-ever double bed in business class, and the privacy panels are removable, so passengers can create a private room of their own. In addition to two passengers enjoying some alone time, a traveling group of four can do the same, with adjustable panels and entertainment screens allowing four seats to switch things up in a secluded, totally customizable suite. There’s no doubting the Qsuite will be a top player on the luxury travel market.
So what’s it take to experience it for yourself? The very first flight featuring the Qsuite will leave from Doha for London, June 24, on a Boeing 777-300ER, and it’s announced the offering will be rolled out on one new plane each month, eventually adding on service to Paris and New York. The Boeing 777-300ERs will include 42 Qsuites, and later outfitted Airbus A350-1000s will include 46.
This big reveal wasn’t the only exciting news for Qatar Airways while at the Air Show. They also received Airline of the Year at the 2017 Skytrax Awards, winning the coveted title for the fourth year in a row. This award was just one of many for the travel provider; also included were awards for best first-class lounge, best Middle Eastern airline and best business class worldwide.
And it’s no wonder they’re a winner; Qatar Airways is growing at a remarkable pace. On July 4, the airline will begin five-times weekly service to Nice; they just opened a brand-new premium lounge at Charles de Gaulle; and they also just recently extended their service to Dublin, and service to Skopje and Chang Mai is expected to follow.
All of these exciting initiatives are a welcome distraction from some of the political challenges that Qatar has faced. Qatar is in the midst of a diplomatic spat with GCC nations who have cut diplomatic ties and blocked airspace and landing rights in the Middle East region.