In March Qatar Airways revealed their new business class product, which they’re calling Qsuites. The product looks stunning, as each seat will be a fully enclosed suite with direct aisle access. The way I see it, Qatar Airways already has the world’s best business class product, and that will only be improved further with this new seat.
When the product was first announced, it was said that the first plane with Qatar Airways’ new business class product will be flying in June, likely between Doha and London. However, Qatar Airways is also notorious for not doing anything on time, so I’m not putting too much weight on the timing or the route.
Well, on the plus side, it looks like Qatar Airways is at least getting a good start with reconfiguring these planes, per jbflyboy84 on FlyerTalk.
The planes will be reconfigured in Zurich, and earlier today Qatar Airways flew their first plane to Zurich to have Qsuites installed. QR3251 left Doha shortly after midnight, and arrived in Zurich early this morning.
A7-BED will be the tail number of the first plane to get the new seats (I imagine the tail number is a coincidence, but it’s sort of funny that it has “BED” in it). This is a plane that Qatar Airways took delivery of in October 2014 — I was under the impression they’d reconfigure their newly delivered 777-300ERs first, but it looks like that’s not the case.
The reconfiguration will be done by SR Technics. Here’s a video the company made:
It remains to be seen how long the first reconfiguration will take. I imagine there’s a steep learning curve with the first plane, and that once they have the hang of things, it’ll all go much faster. It’s also entirely possible they come across some major issues while trying to install the seats, which wouldn’t at all be unusual, given that this is a brand new product.
Here’s to hoping that the product is installed quickly and without many issues. If so, they have about two months to get this plane into service under their original timeframe.
For what it’s worth, rumor has it that the first destinations to get the new product will be London, Paris, New York, Tokyo, and Sao Paulo, though I imagine that remains highly subject to change.
I’m hoping to review this product shortly after it’s introduced.
(Tip of the hat to Points From The Pacific)