QATAR’S WORLD FIRST IN BUSINESS CLASS
THE DOHA-BASED AIRLINE CELEBRATED TWO DECADES IN THE SKY LAST YEAR BY WINNING SCORES OF AWARDS, INCLUDING FOR ITS INNOVATIVE QSUITE.
Qatar Airways recently celebrated its 20th birthday with the launch of its new Qsuite in business class. The groundbreaking design turns business class into first class by introducing sliding privacy doors and the ability for seats to be configured into two- or four-seat suites. This also means a two-seat suite can be turned into a double bed, in a world first. The Qsuite is flying from Doha to London Heathrow, New York, Washington and Paris, and will soon fly to Canberra.
“This product will transform premium travel by bringing a first class experience to the business class cabin,” says Qatar Airways group chief executive Akbar Al Baker. “With this innovative offering – which features the first-ever double bed in business class – we have set a new standard for the industry, one which demonstrates our continued commitment to providing the finest possible experience for our passengers.”
The airline, based at Hamad International Airport in Qatar, is one of the youngest airlines in the world to travel to all six continents and to 150 cities. It is also one of the fastest-growing airlines and is one of an elite group given a five-star rating by Skytrax. Qatar Airways has been awarded Airline of the Year multiple times, including in 2017; that was one of 57 awards it took out last year, including World’s Best Business Class and Best Airline Innovation of the Year award for Qsuite.
It flies its flagship aircraft, the Airbus A380, from Doha to Melbourne and Sydney, and also Perth from May. Qatar Airways also flies the world’s newest commercial aircraft type, the Airbus A350, from Adelaide. First- and business-class passengers experience a luxury service on board like no other, with dine-on-demand cuisine, flat beds with beautiful linen, pyjamas and amenity kits designed by Italian luxury luggage brand BRIC’S containing skincare products from Castello Monte Vibiano Vecchio.
Qatar Airways, which is a proud member of the Oneworld airline alliance, also took out the title of the longest long haul flight recently when it launched a 17-hr direct flight from Doha to Auckland.
“My goal is to make Qatar Airways your airline of choice, offering the flights you want to the destinations you need,” says Mr Al Baker. “That drives this team of more than 40,000 professionals every day, and will continue to motivate us to make Qatar Airways the only airline.”