Review: Qatar Airways Qsuites Business Class 777 Doha To New York

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Due to the delay on my Yerevan to Doha flight, I had to spend the night in Doha. My flight the following morning was departing at 8AM, so I got to the airport at around 6:30AM, knowing that I’d have to go through extra security prior to my flight. The US-bound flights seem to consistently leave from the low numbered D-gates, since they have all the extra security equipment. On the plus side, this means you don’t leave from a remote stand, making it my first arrival or departure in Doha on this trip where I actually had a gate.


Doha Airport terminal

The additional screening process at Doha Airport is extremely efficient — first they pack your electronics in a sealed bag, and then you have to go through a security checkpoint. There’s a separate line for premium passengers, so I was through in a matter of minutes.


Doha Airport departure gate to JFK

While boarding was scheduled for 7:15AM, in reality it only started at 7:35AM. First wheelchair passengers were invited to board, followed by business class passengers.

Qatar Airways 701
Doha (DOH) – New York (JFK)
Sunday, January 14
Depart: 8:00AM
Arrive: 2:15PM
Duration: 14hr15min
Aircraft: Boeing 777-300ER
Seat: 11J (Business Class)

I boarded through door L1, and headed all the way back to 11J, the window seat in the last row of business class on the right side. Since I was rebooked onto this flight last minute, that was the last remaining window seat available. The Qsuites cabin has two business class cabins, with the forward cabin having 24 seats, and the rear cabin having 18 seats. I won’t focus too much on the hard product in this installment, since I did so extensively in the New York to Doha review.


Qatar Airways 777 forward Qsuites cabin


Qatar Airways 777 rear Qsuites cabin

Since I was in the last row of business class, I snagged a picture of the economy cabin immediately behind me.


Qatar Airways 777 economy cabin

I also managed to snap a picture of the pair of center seats that can turn into a (quasi) double bed.


Qatar Airways Qsuites center seats 777


Qatar Airways Qsuites center seats 777

Window seats alternate between being closer to the aisle (forward facing) and closer to the window (rear facing). On the flight out I had a “true” window seat, which is rear facing and closer to the window, and I loved that seat. This time around I was in one of the forward facing seats that’s closer to the aisle.


Qatar Airways Qsuite 11J

While all Qsuites are great, I have a strong preference for the other window seat. In this seat you’re seated further from the window, and I also find the seat to be slightly claustrophobic, as you’re sitting right by the door. It wasn’t problematic, but I think the true window seats give you privacy without making you feel confined.


Qatar Airways Qsuites aisle seat 777

As you’d expect, the “counter” in these seats is closer to the window, and then the footwell is closer to the aisle.


Qatar Airways Qsuites aisle seat 777


Qatar Airways Qsuites counter

I didn’t notice a difference in terms of the size of the footwell between the two types of window seats.


Qatar Airways Qsuites legroom

Each business class seat has a little compartment that you can use to store things, and that was also closer to the window in this seat.


Qatar Airways Qsuites aisle seat 777

What I found a bit awkward is the direction in which the compartment opened, which is the opposite of what you’ll find in the other window seats. The side closer to you opens, rather than the side further away.


Qatar Airways Qsuites storage compartment


Qatar Airways Qsuites storage compartment

As usual, there were two pillows and a lovely blanket at my seat.


Qatar Airways business class pillow & blanket

Once settled in, the flight attendant taking care of me (once again from Sri Lanka, like on the outbound) introduced herself and asked if she could get me something to drink. Another lime mint juice and cold towel for me, please!


Qatar Airways pre-departure drink and towel

I was also presented with the menu, beverage list, and pajamas for the flight. This complemented the amenity kit, bottled water, and headphones that were already at my seat.


Qatar Airways business class menu, beverage list, and pajamas

Much like the outbound, this flight was full, as every seat in both cabins was taken. As a result, boarding was very busy for the crew. During boarding I noticed that the life vest kept falling out of the panel under my seat. I brought this to the crew’s attention, and the flight attendant tried to fix it for me. She then called over the cabin manager, though neither of them were able to fix it.

Then they called maintenance, who came onboard and “fixed” it, though 30 seconds later it fell out again. I didn’t bring it to their attention again, because I didn’t want the flight to take a delay (or something) over such a minor thing.


Qatar Airways live vest that kept falling out of my seat

At 7:50AM the captain made his welcome aboard announcement, informing us of our flight time of 13hr56min to New York. At 8AM an announcement was made that all passengers were onboard, and then 10 minutes later the door closed, and five minutes after that we began our pushback.


Pushing back Doha Airport


Taxiing Doha Airport

At 8:20AM we began our taxi, at which point the safety demonstration was screened.


Taxiing Doha Airport


Qatar Airways 777 Doha Airport

Our taxi took a while, though by 8:40AM we were cleared for takeoff on runway 34R.


Taking off Doha Airport

We had a long takeoff roll, and a gradual climb out of Doha.


View after takeoff from Doha

The seatbelt sign was turned off just 10 minutes after takeoff, at which point I could get a proper picture of the forward and rear Qsuites cabins (during boarding the overhead bins are open, so you don’t get much “clearance” over the seats).


Qatar Airways 777 Qsuites cabin


Qatar Airways 777 Qsuites cabin


View from my Qsuite

As we climbed out I checked out the airshow for our long journey to the US.


Airshow enroute to New York


Airshow enroute to New York


Airshow enroute to New York

I got a good night of sleep in Doha, so while I usually try to sleep on longhauls, I knew I’d be awake for most of this one. I decided to watch a few episodes of “Great News,” which I hadn’t seen before.


Qatar Airways business class entertainment

About 20 minutes after takeoff I was asked if I wanted to eat something, so I placed an order for breakfast.

The menu read as follows (the beverage list was identical to the one on the New York to Doha flight, so I won’t post it again):

The snack platters menu read as follows:

About 15 minutes later my table was set for breakfast, including being offered a breadbasket.


Qatar Airways business class breakfast — table setting


Qatar Airways business class breakfast — breadbasket

To start, I ordered bircher muesli and a carrot and ginger healthy energiser, both of which were excellent.


Qatar Airways business class breakfast — bircher muesli


Qatar Airways business class breakfast — bircher muesli


Qatar Airways business class breakfast — candle, water, and carrot and ginger healthy energiser

For the main course I ordered aloo paneer tikki with jeera potato, which was very good. Qatar’s Indian dishes never disappoint, in my experience.


Qatar Airways business class breakfast — aloo paneer tikki with jeera potato

I had ordered a cappuccino, though in reality that was only served to me after the main course. I also decided to order a white chocolate and almond date for dessert.


Qatar Airways business class snack — cappuccino and white chocolate and almond date

Qatar Airways crews work harder than just about anyone else — that’s consistent, given how involved their business class service is, and that they offer dine on demand. What varies is how friendly the crews are, and how effortless they make the service seem. My previous three Qatar Airways flights had top notch service while service on this flight was just alright. It wasn’t bad at all, but I felt like the flight attendant taking care of me was just going through the motions, and little more.

I ended up watching a bit more TV, and with 11hr30min remaining in the flight I decided to try and take a nap.


Airshow enroute to New York


Airshow enroute to New York

As the flight attendant prepared my bed I walked around the cabin a bit.


Qatar Airways business class cabin 777


Qatar Airways business class cabin 777

The turndown service on Qatar Airways consists of a mattress sheet being placed on the seat, as well as a cover being placed on the pillow.


Qatar Airways business class turndown service

I found the window seat that’s closer to the aisle to be not quite as good as the true window seats. Sleeping so close to the wall almost felt a bit claustrophobic, though it was still a great suite. I ended up getting about three hours of sleep, and woke up over Northern Europe.


Airshow enroute to New York

After taking a nap I browsed the entertainment selection a bit more, and ended up watching an entire season of The Middle that I hadn’t seen before. I needed to do some photo editing, and I can do that without concentrating so much, so I basically spent the remainder of the flight watching The Middle and editing photos.


Qatar Airways entertainment selection

About halfway through the flight I decided to order a snack. I requested the grilled chicken, mozzarella and basil in toasted ciabatta sandwich. While it looked pretty good, it tasted horrible — the chicken just tasted so low quality that I had a couple of bites and sent it back.


Qatar Airways business class snack — chicken and mozzarella sandwich

Instead I ordered a cheese plate, which was much more impressive.


Qatar Airways business class snack — cheese plate

I spent the next several hours working and watching TV, and before I knew it we were under two hours from our arrival in New York.


View enroute to New York


Airshow enroute to New York

Around this time I decided to order lunch. To start I ordered the Arabic mezze, with hummus, moutabel, and tabouleh.


Qatar Airways business class lunch — mezze

None of the mains on the menu particularly interested me, so I ordered the Thai beef and glass noodle salad from the snack menu, which ended up being a good choice.


Qatar Airways business class lunch — Thai beef and glass noodle salad

Lastly for dessert I had a fruit plate and an americano.


Qatar Airways business class lunch — fresh fruit

At around 1:50PM we began our descent for New York, at which point the crew prepared the cabin for arrival.


View approaching New York


View approaching New York


View approaching New York


View approaching New York

We ended up touching down in New York at around 2:25PM. I always love flying next to the plane’s shadow, it’s such a cool effect on landing.


Final approach to JFK


Final approach to JFK


Final approach to JFK


Touchdown JFK


Taxiing JFK Airport

Our touch down was firm, and we had about a 10 minute taxi from our arrival runway to the gate, as we taxied to Terminal 8, and passed a beautiful Cathay Pacific 777.


Cathay Pacific 777 JFK


Arriving at Terminal 8 JFK

Qatar Qsuites business class bottom line

While this flight wasn’t quite as exceptional as the outbound (both because I didn’t get a “true” window seat, and also because the crew wasn’t quite as good), this was still an excellent flight. Qatar Airways has a real winner with their Qsuites, and I consider this to be the world’s best business class. I can’t wait till most Qatar Airways longhaul aircraft feature this configuration, as it’s such a treat to fly.

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Comments

  1. Much nicer review than your NRA post.

    I hope only the civilized people comment on this post. No, there is nothing ironic.

  2. “I consider this to be the world’s best business class”.

    +1

    There is nothing else that is even in the same league; the other airlines are fighting over who will head-up Division 2.

  3. I’ve been looking for Q-suites availability JNB/CPT-IAD. Trying Qantas but all I get is BA flights. Are there any Oneworld airlines that let you search by airlines so I can view true Qatar availability?

  4. As a regular first class traveller (paid) I confirm that the Qsuite is excellent, far better that QR First Class. I find the food in the AL Safwa Lounge disappointing. They used to have a seafood bar with high quality items.

  5. Hi Ben,

    Next time if you stopover in Doha with enough time to spear, please let me know. I will be more than happy to show you around Doha city and have coffee together. 🙂

  6. I’m sorry Lucky, but I don’t get the fascination with having a 1.2 m sliding screen to my side, whilst reducing the width of the seat, especially in bed mode. And the cherry on the frosting is that the bed is harder than the truly excellent product that Qatar has on the A350. I’m very glad my local airport will retain that product and not the Qsuites.

  7. Lucky, please decipher what @Bails369 said: “…..harder than the truly excellent product that Qatar has on the A350. I’m very glad my local airport will retain that product and not the Qsuites.”

  8. Hi Lucky,

    Enjoyed your post as usual. Just like to point out a typo: the caption of your pre-landing lunch was correctly labelled as “Thai beef and glass noodle salad” while your in-text description had “soup” instead of “salad”. Happy editing. Cheers!

  9. Lucky, why do you give these Middle Eastern companies such publicity?

    Their societies are based on hypocrisy…

    They hate gay people too.

  10. I just flew the A350 and 787 (MIA- DOH- DOH – WDH (windhoek, namibia) , same in reverse on the way home- Loved the A350, great service, super quiet interior and beautiful seat/plane. The dreamliner portion was really good, but not as good as the A350. A bit louder and the touch screens were not very responsive. Food was just as good, as was the service. Love the pajamas and amenity kits. Thank you to this blog for putting me on the right track with points. I used Aadvantage miles to book it after finding the flights on B/A’s website. Felt like I hit the lottery when the American agent said it was booked! Loved Qatar Airlines all around. Now I’m back to slumming it on Spirit and Delta (out of Detroit). Thanks lucky! You do such a nice job.

  11. Doha’s extra security back to the US sucks. They were asking for computers and cell phones. No mention of iPad. When through the scanners they freaked out like I was carrying a bomb. Paranoid fools. Had to go through the whole process. Idiots, they could have mentioned electronic readers/iPads be separated. Flight to Dallas was good. ( 6A ).

  12. Two questions,
    1. Are you going to fly on Gulf Air’s new 787’s Business Class?
    2. What routes do the Current 777-300ERs with Q suites fly?

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