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First Look: Qatar Airways Qsuite Business Class

June 19, 2017
4 min read
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There's a new top contender for the world's leading business-class product — Qatar Airways' Qsuite has finally arrived! CEO Akbar Al Baker unveiled the airline's fantastic new biz class with much fanfare at the Paris Air Show today — there was even a live band.

Qatar 777 Qsuite First Look

After a short presentation, journalists were invited to tour the rear biz cabin of the new plane as Al Baker conducted live interviews in the forward cabin.

Qatar 777 Qsuite First Look

Qatar Qsuite Center Seats

The showstopper here is the airline's new "double bed," which you'll find at the center "honeymoon" seats — that is, the two center seats positioned closest together; in this case we're talking about 8E and 8F.

Qatar 777 Qsuite First Look

These seats face the rear — you also have the option of moving the displays to the sides to connect these two center seats with the two in the row behind, to create what's called a "quad." You can take a 360-degree tour of a quad in the photo below.

I'm a big fan of the double bed concept — previously, you'd only be able to find such a thing in first class, such as in Singapore Suites or Etihad's A380 Apartment. Being able to experience this in business class is pretty neat.

Qatar 777 Qsuite First Look

Be careful which seats you book if you're after a quad, though — for example, seats in row 11 face backwards, but don't form a quad, since they're in the far back of the cabin.

Qatar 777 Qsuite First Look

Qatar Qsuite Window Seat

If you're a solo traveller, you'll be best off with a window seat — we're talking seats A, B, K and J.

Qatar 777 Qsuite First Look

In the forward cabin, window seats in odd-numbered are positioned closer to the window, while that applies to even-numbered rows in the rear cabin. The reverse is true for seats located closest to the aisle.

You'll have plenty of privacy regardless of which seat you book, though — there's a center partition between middle seats and all seats have sliding doors.

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Qatar 777 Qsuite First Look

There's plenty of tech to take advantage of, too, from a large touchscreen display to a side control panel with intuitive seat controls, a universal power outlet, two USB ports, a headphone jack, HDMI port and a handheld touchscreen controller.

Qatar 777 Qsuite First Look

Bottom Line

Of course I'll need to spend some serious time (on a flight) in order to fully evaluate Qatar's new biz, but I sat in a couple seats and spent a few (nervous) seconds in the double bed, and it's safe to say this is a very impressive product.

Qatar 777 Qsuite First Look

Qsuites officially debuts this Saturday, on Qatar Flight 7 from Doha to London, followed by Paris, New York, Tokyo and Sao Paulo. I'll be on board the first flight, and I'll share my review shortly after.

See these posts for more on the 2017 Paris Air Show:

I’ll be sharing more posts on this site throughout the week, and you can catch the action in realtime via my Instagram and Twitter feeds as well.

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  • Earn 4X Membership Rewards® Points at Restaurants, plus takeout and delivery in the U.S., and earn 4X Membership Rewards® points at U.S. supermarkets (on up to $25,000 per calendar year in purchases, then 1X).
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  • $120 Dining Credit: Satisfy your cravings and earn up to $10 in statement credits monthly when you pay with the American Express® Gold Card at Grubhub, The Cheesecake Factory, Goldbelly, Wine.com, Milk Bar and select Shake Shack locations. Enrollment required.
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