Qatar Airways Will Offer Qsuites To Chicago As Of April 1, 2018

Qatar Airways’ Qsuites, which they’re referring to as “super business class,” debuted between Doha and London Heathrow as of June 23, 2017. Since then they’ve also started offering them between Doha and Paris, as of September 23, 2017, between Doha and New York JFK, as of December 16, 2017, between Doha and Washington Dulles, as of January 16, 2018, and between Doha and Seoul Incheon, as of January 22, 2018.

On top of that, Qatar Airways now also has their first A350-900 and A350-1000 with Qsuites, so the number of planes with Qsuites should be increasing nicely over the coming months. I had the chance to fly Qsuites from New York to Doha in January, and was blown away by what a good product it is. This truly is the world’s best business class, by a long shot.

Qatar Airways has now revealed their next 777-300ER Qsuites destination. Qatar Airways will offer Qsuites on their flight between Doha and Chicago as of April 1, 2018. As of now the schedule has only been updated with Qsuites through May 31, 2018, though I suspect that’s a function of them not having updated the schedule further yet, rather than them necessarily switching back to the old business class at this point (they’ve done this on other routes as well, and almost all of them have maintained Qsuites).

The Chicago flight operates with the following schedule:

QR725 Doha to Chicago departing 8:50AM arriving 2:55PM
QR726 Chicago to Doha departing 6:50PM arriving 4:00PM (+1 day)

At ~7,100 miles, this will be the furthest route featuring Qsuites. It’s blocked at 14hr5min westbound and 13hr10min eastbound.

 

I’ve been very pleasantly surprised by the number of US routes to feature Qsuites. When Qatar Airways first revealed the product, the only US destination that was to be among the first to get it was New York, though in the meantime we have Qsuites scheduled to three US destinations.

Qatar Airways has also promised that they’ll offer Qsuites to Sydney and Canberra by June 2018, though the schedule hasn’t yet been updated to reflect that, so we’ll have to see if it sticks.

Even the schedule for Chicago is subject to change, as there’s not a formal announcement here. Rather Qatar Airways has just quietly updated the seatmaps, as they’ve done for several routes in the past. However, they’ve been pretty good about sticking to these timelines lately.

Not only does Qatar Airways have excellent paid business class fares, but there’s also a fair bit of business class award availability on this route, especially for the eastbound flight, from Chicago to Doha.

Anyone scheduled to fly Qatar Airways business class to/from Chicago as of April 1? You’re in for a real treat!

(Tip of the hat to Nick in Chicago)

Comments

  1. That 2 May example is an unicorn. Most of the time nothing is ever available in J (and of course there is no F).

  2. Hi everyone, is it true that the KLM Lounge in Amsterdam is not worth a visit? I usually skip breakfast in the Cafeteria to save money and enjoy the breakfast buffet of the Lounge when I have a midday flight

  3. Is it known which of the aircraft serving SYD will offer the QSuite? Will they retrofit one or both of the existing airframes serving this destination (777, 380) or introduce the new 350-1000?

  4. Anyone know why you can’t fly to Europe from the US on Qatar via Doha? I’ve tried Google flights and the Qatar site to book ORD- LHR, CDG, FCO, or BCN, and none of those routes show. Of course it could be booked as 2 separate tix, (ie ORD-DOH, DOH-LHR) but who want to do that?

  5. I sure hope this stays true! Earlier this week I booked a flight ORD-BOM for this fall… would be absolutely amazing to have the qsuite!!!

  6. @chris
    Thanks for that insightful grammar lesson, which of course concluded with this,
    “Fowler’s Modern English Usage, and a number of other sources say that, in most cases, it’s fine to use “further” and “farther” interchangeably, especially when the distinction isn’t clear. People have been using them interchangeably for hundreds of years, and a few experts don’t even follow the distinction.

    It’s also different in British English. For example, Garner’s Modern English Usage notes that the British use both “further” and “farther” for physical distance. (1)”

  7. I wonder why the airplane is going to be on the ground for 4 hours in Chicago. Can’t they turn it around faster?

  8. I can NEVER find decent award space on QR. Seriously, they seem to only show flex awards. Since I’m the 3rd person in this comments section to mention it, maybe someone with some knowledge could take this up. IS there a way to find decent space using QMiles or AA or Avios? I have all three and nothing works as long as QR doesn’t open up space.

  9. @steve

    I used my AA miles to redeem on Qatar a few times now. I’m flyinig CPH-DOH-AKL May 1st/2nd, and this was not hard to book via calling the AAdvantage agent. I’ve never had a problem with availability.

  10. Great! Booked in April.
    @gregorio, very true. Qr biz is hard to find. Somehow few dates in April are available.
    Whats also frustrating is finding milesaver space from ORD to my home city on AA. AA is selling it but won’t give milesaver. Any tips for non AA elites?

  11. @Mark – the blockade against Qatar (the country) is still in place, so I don’t think you can connect on any airlines in Doha EXCEPT Qatar itself….so that’s why two separate tickets work (they’re both being operated by Qatar and no partners).

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