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First in Business – Qatar Introduces Qsuite

Ever traveled domestic first class before and thought, “This is the life?” Then you need to see Qatar Airways’ brand new Business Class product. Called “a new level of luxury,” it’s quite possible that if you have the good fortune to travel via Qatar’s Qsuite, no other business class product will do.

Layout

Qsuite is a 1-2-1 layout, allowing every other pair of middle seats to open up into a double bed. The only stipulation here is that the person sitting next to you will have to agree. When it comes to the middle seats that are paired together, they alternate. In one row, you’ll see the seats are next to each other, but in the next row, you’ll notice a distinct separation.

One really cool feature is that the 21.5-inch video screen you’ll find in between each middle row can slide back, creating a set-up much like a family room where four passengers can enjoy their own little nook. This is ground-breaking for families, allowing them space, convenience and the ability to stay together.

Even in a world of constant on-upmanship among the world’s great airlines, Qsuite stands out. Seat width measures in at 21.5 inches.  Of course, that’s just the seat, exclusive of your other personal space. There are also a wide range of controls that allow you to adjust your seat to your ideal level of comfort. Although it seems almost unnecessary to mention, but Qsuite does recline fully flat.

All suites have walls which were a design aspect taken from the first class product of competitors. They are tall enough to offer privacy, while still being low enough for the crew to check in without opening the door.

One design feature that everyone will love is that each seat offers a light-up “do not disturb” button. This politely lets the crew know to “come back later.”

Amenities

Qsuite comes standard with comfortable pillows, quilted mattresses, pajamas by White Company, and amenity kits created by BRIC’S. Thes are filled with products from Italian rand Castello Monte Vibiano Vecchio. Food and beverage service allows for the option of shared dishes as well as an express breakfast for those who sleep through first service.

Entertainment has been well-thought-out as well. The new in-flight entertainment system has been redesigned to make it easier for passengers to surf the available content. It provides over 3,000 different entertainment options including movies, music, games, and the latest news.

Qatar’s Motivation

CEO of Qatar Airways, Akbar Al Baker, patented his design to keep other airlines from copying his product. Al Baker believes that his design “will change the way people travel in business class.” We’re simply hoping this semi-enclosed model, also seen on Delta One’s new suite product, becomes the industry norm.

Availability

Qsuites will launch on Qatar’s 777-300ER, first on the Doha-London route. Service is expected to commence June 2017. One of the best ways to book any class of service on Qatar is by using your American AAdvantage miles. Per AA’s current partner award chart, this route is bookable for 42,500 miles. A quick glance reveals a cash price of $3,735.45 for a one-way DOH->LHR run in July. Presumably, as this route is using a 777-300ER, you’d be booking Qsuite for a phenomenal 8.7 cents a piece!