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“First (Class) in Business” – The amazing new Qatar Airways Qsuite

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I’m currently in Berlin for the ITB – the biggest travel show in the world.  Messe Berlin is so big it has two train stations!

One of the main attractions of this year’s show is the new Qatar Airways Business Class seat, the Qsuite.  You can learn more about it on the Qatar Airways website here.

The Qsuite has been highly anticipated as it promised to bring, as Qatar describes it, “a First Class experience to Business Class” and I must say it did deliver.

The overall display of the seat at ITB was pretty clever. In the morning it was covered with a white cloth and only at 11am the seat was revealed with ceremony.

qatar airways new business class seat musicians

But even after the cloth came off you were still not able to see much:

qatar airways new business class seat

I was invited to the press conference at noon and had to wait until afterwards to finally be allowed in the Qsuite and lay my eyes on the seat.

qatar airways new business class seat press conference

The seat

….. is actually a suite.  With a door.  There is absolutely nothing like this available in business class at the moment.

The Qsuite aims to caters for families, couples as well as individual travellers giving as much or as little privacy as desired.

If a family of four or a group is travelling together the wall between the seats can be opened and the tables create a dining area for four.

If that sounds difficult to imagine, here is a PR photo:

Qatar 4 seater

For a couple travelling together, the two beds form a proper double bed.

qatar airways new business class seat bed

Here is the glossy official look:

Qatar couple double bed

Here is a picture from the Qsuite at ITB with the snack selection you will find on board.


The White Company has designed pyjamas exclusively for Qatar which every passenger in the Qsuite will receive.

We were also told at the press conference that the Qsuite will have a turndown service.

qatar airways new business class seat pyjamas

The window seats are perfect for people travelling alone. You can close the door and switch on a ‘do not disturb’ button for total privacy.

This is the ‘official’ image of how the window seats will look:

Qatar aisle seat

The next photo shows the side table in an A seat.

As you can see underneath the table are several plugs including UK and USB, the remote for the entertainemnt system (Qatar has got 3,000 entertainment options) as well as the panel to arrange the seat from upright to flat.

qatar airways new business class seat individual

This is the dining table at one of the window seats. There is a lot of room for food and drinks.

The new washbag on the side table is by BRIC’S.


A quick look at the wine and food menu showed a great selection of drinks and food.

qatar airways new business class seat wine and food menu

Here are two official YouTube videos released by Qatar Airways:


Here is a 75 second video I shot myself of the event and the demo seat:

Where will you find this seat?

The current plan is to fit this seat to the new A350-1000 and Boeing 777-300ER aircraft currently being delivered as well as retrofitting it to Qatar’s existing Boeing 777 fleet. This will take the 777 from having the worst business seat in the Qatar Airways fleet (see Rob’s review here) to the best.

According to CEO Mr. Akbar Al Baker there are also plans to replace the existing seats on the 787 and A380 fleet but this will require a modified design to the narrower width of those aircraft. The aim for those seats is to create total privacy like in the new Qsuites.  There are also plans to reinvent Qatar’s Economy Class as Al Baker believes that there should be the “same standard of additional comfort in coach class”.

The Airbus A330 and A340 aircraft will not be refitted.

The first plane to receive the new seat, a 777, will be flying between Heathrow and Doha.  The start date was announced as June but Qatar has a track record of running late so don’t make any speculative bookings (Al Baker was blaming the delays on Airbus at the press conference…).  Paris and New York will follow and if everything goes according to plan all A350 and 777 will have the Qsuite by mid to end of 2018.


The Qsuite is a real reinvention of the business class seat. You can travel on your own and enjoy total privacy, you can travel as a couple and sleep in a double bed, or travel as a family and have a family dinner on the plane.

All this, and you’ll earn Avios and British Airways tier points when you fly it as well!  It will also be available for Avios redemptions of course.
Qatar has got a global patent on the design so we won’t be seeing anything identical to the Qsuite on other airlines.  Qatar has definitely upped the game, putting pressure on their Middle East rivals and leaving the British Airways Club World – and arguably First Class – seats for dust.

You can learn more about the Qsuite on the Qatar Airways website here.

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Comments (114)

  • Yuff says:

    The J product in the 787 was pretty much equal to BA F anyway, with better food and drink, it looks like they’ve just made it even better.
    Might even have to fly ex eu, even if flights direct from London are available on redemption points, just to try this 😉 It looks fantastic, especially for a family of 4.

    • Yuff says:

      They didn’t waste any time getting last nights Barcelona result, on the video at the end, 🙂 stunning effort

  • Ben says:

    If you don’t give up on BA now you have no excuse to continue complaining in the future.

  • Chris says:

    Eugh….. Can you imagine a party of 4 businessmen having a meeting/discussion all the way to Doha. Hope the earplugs supplied are good

    • C77 says:

      Or the proverbial SW19 family who’ll still manage to take over despite being closed off and let it be known to everyone in the cabin that they’re on board

      • Nicky says:

        Yes and don’t forget the couple who think it would be a jolly jape to have a quick s**g in the Doyle beds, much to the embarrassment of those around them: brings a whole new meaning to the ‘mile high’ club !!!

    • Steve says:

      Slip a note over the partition…… “I work for your competitor, thanks for the strategies and commercial information you are providing”

  • Neil says:

    BA will have to do something with its BA product now

  • Joe C says:

    Looks fabulous, can’t wait to try it.

    I disagree that the current 77W seat is the worst in the fleet though – the A330 and A340 have that dubious honour

  • Seb says:

    Those seats / suits look massive (great for a passenger), but surely that means you can fit far less seats in a cabin, which on a carrier like BA would only drive the price up? BA typically for 2-4-2 in club World from memory but this is 1-2-1, so more of a First arrangement…

    Looks awesome though…

    • Rob says:

      I was wondering about that. There is no seat plan so it isn’t clear if they are losing seats. Depending on how far under the seat in front your feet go, they might not lose much.

      It is worth noting that the new United Polaris seat, which is a massive step forward for United albeit unlikely to give Qatar sleepless nights, uses EXACTLY the same footprint as the terrible current United seat. The footprint also looks similar to Club World.

      This is where BA has lost the plot a bit. If you are willing to have a seat where the feet go under storage area of the seat in front – which Emirates has done since it launched the A380s 10 years ago – you have a substantially bigger seat without having a smaller cabin.

      • the real harry1 says:

        one way of dealing with excess capacity – reduce capacity but improve product

      • Anika says:

        I forgot to mention that there will still be 42 seats in the 777 and 36 in A350.

      • Alan says:

        As long as they don’t go for the LX foot coffin concept – horrible if you’ve got anything more than small feet!

    • Matthew says:

      The 8 across in BA Club is way behind the times. Most carriers inc ME and Asian are all 1-2-1 in business now. That’s why people are switching to these carries as BA are stuck in a time warp.

  • Martin C-C says:

    They are a class act for sure! Al Safwa lounge unreal absolutely fantastic space. Barmen great, waiters not together all sorts of mistakes, they are much better when the female floor walkers are watching!

  • Lewis Watson says:

    Can Qatar just buy the rest of ba? And do this there too

    • Robbie says:

      Nope, EU leglislation – Non-EU comapnies can only own 49% of an EU Airline (Which IAG will still be when/if Brexit happens)

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