Qatar Airways’ New QSuites Will Be Flying Soon

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.

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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 at the time I didn’t put too much weight into that.

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In late April I wrote about how Qatar Airways was at least off to a good start when it comes to the cabin reconfigurations, as they had already flown the first 777-300ER to Zurich to have the new seats installed. There’s always a bit of a learning curve when it comes to installing new seats, so often it takes months for the first plane to get new seats, the product to be certified, etc.

So while I was hoping Qatar Airways would stick to their schedule, I certainly wasn’t expecting it.

Well, FlyerTalk member jbflyboy84 (who has been an extremely accurate source so far when it comes to this new product), suggests that Qatar Airways will begin operating a 777-300ER with their new Qsuites between Doha and London as of June 10, 2017. The plane will apparently be used for QR7/8, which operate with the following schedule:

QR7 Doha to London departing 6:35AM arriving 12:00PM
QR8 London to Doha departing 4:00PM arriving 12:45AM (+1 day)

However, he notes that it will only operate the route for “a few days,” then go on display in Le Bourget, and will then return to QR7/8 for regularly scheduled flights, within 45 days at the latest.

As of now the seatmap hasn’t been updated to reflect the new configuration.

Even with a reliable source, I still wouldn’t take the above information as fact. Don’t get me wrong, I absolutely believe this is the most accurate information as of now, though Qatar Airways is notorious for delays, even at the last minute. I absolutely hope to try the Qsuites shortly after they’re introduced, though I’ll hold off on booking until the above information is more certain. If I do book this, I’ll likely try to snag a discounted business class fare out of Colombo, as the fares out of there are pretty good.

I can’t wait to see Qatar Airways roll out their Qsuites. The product looks promising, and could very well be the world’s best business class seat. However, I remain a bit skeptical. Qatar Airways claims they’re installing this product without reducing the business class seat count, which makes me wonder just how spacious and comfortable these seats will be.

Are you excited to try Qatar Airways’ new Qsuites?

Comments

  1. Ben, why can’t you use an apostrophe properly? It is Qatar Airways’s, not Airways’. The company is a singular noun.

  2. Flew Qatar Biz class earlier this month from LAX to DOH to Bali. Service was flawless, seats were dated. Really enjoyed the free hotel stopover in Doha.

  3. Ben is grammatically correct. To show a singular possessive of any word ending with an ‘s’ you simply place the apostrophe at the end without an additional ‘s.’

  4. @n

    There are as many opinions on this as there are tiresome, condescending grammar pedants.

  5. It shows how far the world has come when a Middle East airline actually shows a lesbian couple in their advertising. Seriously, well done Qatar!

  6. @n: Punctuating a plural possessive by simply adding an apostrophe is perfectly acceptable. Some stylebooks — the Associated Press’s, for instance –actually recommend it. Others — the University of Chicago’s comes to mind — advise otherwise. In personal correspondence, I generally split it down the middle and tack on the additional “s” only when making a noun possessive would result in two sibilant sounds at the end — in the Spirit of Strunk & White’s “Charles’s.”

  7. @n According to the Chicago Manual of Style 16th addition,

    “Exceptions to the general rule
    Use only an apostrophe for places or names that are singular but have a final word in plural form and ending with an s.
    Examples: Beverly Hills’ current mayor, the United States’ lingering debt problem, Cisco Systems’ CEO”

    Lucky’s usage as presented is acceptable since Qatar Airways is a name just like Cisco Systems and the final word is in plural form.

    JC

  8. They had a heckuva time with that first installation, yes. Nerve-wracking, apparently. Without going into too much detail, essentially parts were not fitting together as well as they’d been sketched out. Like, at all. I’d predict there will be several, minor modifications down the line to both the seats and to the installation procedures based on this initial fitting. Supposedly it was a tiny bit of a disaster.

  9. @ GodSaveThePoints — I always make a point of linking to where I saw things. I’ve been subscribed to the FT thread about Qsuites, which is where I saw the update (and gave credit to). I certainly would have linked to your post if that were my source.

  10. Qsuites look too promising! Looks like Qatar is going to take the business class to a whole new level after this brilliant inception. Can’t wait to see the launch!

  11. on a completely unrelated note here is a link to a video of hainan airlines new business class

  12. @joe, @jc, etc: No you don’t. You never say Chris’, Charles’, etc. It should be S-apostrophe-S, as in: Prince of Wales’s feathers. You never say Wales’ (as just Wales. When saying verbally, you always say Waleses, Chrises, Joneses). You only do S-apostrophe if it is PLURAL, such as American airlines’, note the lack of capital in “airlines'”, this means ALL American airlines, not the carrier. It would be American Airlines’s if talking about the carrier. You never say AA’, or BA’, SA’, do you? You always put AA’s, BA’s, etc. Even though the word “airlines, airways” etc is themselves plural, as they are forming a singular noun, they does not remain plural.

  13. @n, Lucky isn’t competing for a Pulitzer prize, let it go. I gave up on his incorrect use of “literally” a long time ago.

  14. @ n – You ALWAYS say Chris’, Charles’ James’, etc.. Actually, no – both are grammatically correct, but it would benefit to do some research before commenting on others’ grammar.

    On the topic of grammar, there are more evident grammar mistakes in the line:

    “Even though the word ‘airlines, airways’ etc is themselves plural, as they are forming a singular noun, they does not remain plural.”

  15. It will be interesting, if they keep the seats/Toilet ratio in Business Class, that is ways better than the competition. If they take away one toilet, they don’t have to reduce the number of seats to deal with bigger seats.

  16. @Donna: please note the partitions go up or down depending on needs. I believe only the crew can convert 4 seats into a family suite. Individual partitions *might* be under the pax control.

  17. @ All grammar geeks (myself included):

    Since @n is using the Prince of Wales in his examples, this is what the venerable BBC has to say about this: http://www.bbc.co.uk/worldservice/learningenglish/grammar/learnit/learnitv57.shtml

    A more detailed discussion is here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Apostrophe#Singular_nouns_ending_with_an_.22s.22_or_.22z.22_sound

    Long story short: there is no canonical way of using the apostrophe with singular names that end in s, rather a lot of heated debate (like here!) even among the top scholars.

  18. @Charlie McMillam

    If yours is a comment on sexual abuse of children, human trafficking, and slavery in Middle East petro-dictatorships, then kudos. It was well and subtly done.

  19. I wouldn’t be so worried about the spaciousness of the seat: The Points Guy said he fit comfortably in the lie-flat position and he’s 6ft 7

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