Qatar Airways has long been promising that it would roll-out a world-changing, amazing, industry-leading new business class. After much delay, that day came yesterday with the announcement of the QSuite. With so much build-up, is there any way it could live up to the hype? Well, it does seem that way. But that won’t stop me from having way too much with the photos the airline put out.
There are a million and a half blog posts out there fawning all over this new product, so I’ll spare you a full, detailed look. But in short, the seats alternate front- and back-facing in a 1-2-1 configuration with doors on each seat creating a suite. On the windows, that means individual pods that look incredible. And in the center section, Qatar has come up with an innovative design that can turn into a family suite where four people can close doors and share a meal with each other.
Apparently, the space is designed so creatively that the expectation is there will be no less density versus the existing configuration on a 777-300ER (the first aircraft to get the seat). Well done.
Naturally, Qatar seems really interested in showing off how this solves the problem with many existing business class options where there are only solo seats. So in the airline’s Flickr photostream, it has shared all kinds of pairings showing family interactions. Yet all I could think was… what happens when that’s not your family member next to you? And this is what my twisted mind saw.
Either I should be drinking less scotch… or more. Either way, I want to fly on this thing some day. I’d just make sure I sat on the side if I were flying alone.