Qatar Airways revealed it’s new revoluntiary super business class ‘QSuite’ at ITB Berlin this week. I was skeptical of just how revolutinary the product would be, given Qantas’ new premium economy didn’t quite hit the mark.
Well, Qatar Airways has well and truly cemented itself to be the first in business class.
The patented QSuite offers the first ever double bed in business class. Configured in a 1-2-1 formation, each seat features direct aisle access with privacy screens to the aisle. The rows alternate between forward facing and rear facing.
What makes the Qatar Airways QSuite so different?
The centre sections are where it gets really special. The alternate rows allow passengers to slide down the privacy partitions and entertainment consoles to create an open space area. Passengers in the rear facing seats will need to slide over to the secondary seating area to directly face their seatmates.
The forward facing seats can be made into the double bed, while the rear facing seats still feature a partition between the seats.
The business class menu will also be extended to offer sharing dishes, encouraging a more social dining experience.
Concerns with the Qatar Airways QSuite
The design looks great for solo travellers in a window seat or a neat party of four in the centre seats.
But what happens if you are a party of 5? Or a solo traveller in the centre section where there is a party of 3? What happens if you are in a centre forward facing seat with a stranger next to you? That seems a little too close for comfort to me.
We will have to wait until the QSuite starts flying to see how it works in practice.
The QSuite will start flying on a 777-300ER between Doha and London from June 2017. Eventually, Qatar will fit the existing 777-300’s and A350’s with the new product. The A380’s and B787’s will also be fitted with a modified QSuite, as the cabins aren’t quite as wide.