Business Traveller - - QATAR - By Tom Ot­ley

Qatar Air­ways’ busi­ness class prod­uct, the Q Suite, is grad­u­ally be­ing in­tro­duced on the car­rier’s long-haul fleet.

On this A350-1000 there are 46 seats. The A350-1000 con­tains two busi­ness class cab­ins, a main cabin with nine rows at the side and ten rows in the mid­dle, all in a 1-2-1 con­fig­u­ra­tion mak­ing 38 seats and then a se­cond, smaller cabin of just eight seats.

The seats are for­ward- then back­ward-fac­ing, like many train seats. So the front row, row 1, has four back­ward-fac­ing seats, and then row 2 has four for­ward-fac­ing seats. For the cen­tre seats, they can make a four (or “quad”) if the cen­tral di­vider is dropped be­tween the seats and then the fore and aft di­vider is op­er­ated.

The seat has a type of shelf next to it that can be raised to be­come a large arm­rest, or low­ered so it gives you more room around the shoul­ders. There is a large touch­screen IFE that is close enough to op­er­ate, and a fur­ther hand­set re­cessed into the side of the seat. The amount of space is re­ally im­pres­sive, and I was able to move my lap­top onto the up­per ta­ble and have the whole of the large and very firm ta­ble folded out for din­ing on.

Qatar Air­ways al­ready has an out­stand­ing busi­ness class seat, but the Q Suite is an at­tempt to do some­thing spe­cial – to add a touch of first class com­fort to the busi­ness cabin. In time the Q Suite will be recog­nised as a unique prod­uct. As on the out­bound flight, the ser­vice was ex­em­plary, and the food, wine choices and pre­sen­ta­tion were all top class.

Clock­wise from top left: Q Suite pil­low; each seat has a cen­tre di­vider; in-flight en­ter­tain­ment; Q Suite busi­ness class seats

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