Which Qatar Airways Planes & Routes Have Qsuites?

Which Qatar Airways Planes & Routes Have Qsuites?

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Qatar Airways is well known for being a world-class airline, regardless of which cabin you’re traveling in. Qatar Airways is probably most famous for its Qsuites business class, first launched in 2017. In this post, I wanted to look at how you can figure out whether your plane is scheduled to feature Qsuites or not and how to maximize your odds of getting this business class cabin.

What is Qatar Airways Qsuites?

Qsuites is Qatar Airways’ business class product that was first introduced in 2017. There are many features that make Qsuites great, including that each seat has a door and that there are double beds in the center section for those traveling together. I’ve reviewed Qsuites several times, including on the Airbus A350-1000, Boeing 777-200LR, and Boeing 777-300ER.

Qatar Airways Qsuites on the Airbus A350-1000

Even five years after Qsuites was introduced, this product isn’t yet available on all planes. The good news is that even if you’re on a flight not featuring Qsuites, you’ll probably still have a great experience, as Qatar Airways’ business class soft product is exceptional.

It’s also worth remembering that not all new wide-body aircraft feature Qsuites. For example, Qatar Airways is taking delivery of 787-9s featuring new suites in business class, but these aren’t Qsuites. The reason for the new product is that these new seats are lighter and also better tailored to the fuselage of the 787.

Qatar Airways business class on the Boeing 787-9 (not Qsuites)

Which routes have Qatar Airways Qsuites?

There aren’t any routes that 100% consistently feature Qsuites. So first, let’s talk about how you can figure out whether your flight is scheduled to feature Qsuites, and then we’ll talk about which planes in the fleet feature Qsuites.

Look for a business class seat map with staggered seats

The easiest way to tell if your flight is scheduled to be operated with Qsuites is to look at the business class seat map:

  • If your flight features Qsuites, it will have a staggered configuration with seats alternating between being forward and rear-facing; by staggered configuration, I mean that a seat in one row will be in a different position than a seat in the next row, as you can see in the below seat map diagram
  • If your flight doesn’t feature Qsuites, it won’t have a staggered configuration; that’s to say that seats are in the same place in each row of business class
Qatar Airways Qsuites seatmap

Why there’s a lot of Qsuites inconsistency right now

Unfortunately, at the moment, Qatar Airways has more inconsistency with Qsuites than ever before. Qatar Airways has grounded much of its A350 fleet due to a dispute with Airbus over the aircraft fuselage degrading at an accelerated rate.

This has caused Qatar Airways to ground many of its A350s, and the airline has also stopped taking delivery of A350s, greatly hindering potential growth. As a result, the airline has had to get creative with adding capacity. This includes bringing back Airbus A380s, leasing 777s from Cathay Pacific, and leasing A330s from Oman Air. None of these planes feature Qsuites.

Qatar Airways is leasing Cathay Pacific 777s with first class

Last-minute aircraft swaps happen

Even if you book a plane with Qsuites, just keep in mind that last-minute aircraft swaps can and do happen. You might have the type of aircraft for a particular flight swapped, or the same plane with a different configuration substituted.

This is happening both as Qatar Airways takes A350s out of service and as the airline adjusts capacity to reflect how international travel demand evolves. So no matter what flight you book, just be warned that you might experience an aircraft swap.

Aircraft swaps do happen at Qatar Airways

Which planes have Qatar Airways Qsuites?

Qatar Airways has quite a varied wide-body fleet, including A380s, A350s, A330s, 787s, and 777s. The availability of Qsuites differs significantly between those aircraft types — in some cases, all planes have Qsuites, while in other cases, no planes have Qsuites.

So below is the availability of Qsuites by aircraft type, ranked from the aircraft type with the highest percentage of planes with Qsuites to the aircraft type with the lowest percentage of planes with Qsuites.

All Airbus A350-1000s have Qsuites

Qatar Airways currently has 19 Airbus A350-1000s, and all of those jets feature Qsuites. This is the only aircraft type in the fleet where every plane features Qsuites. It’s just a shame that the airline had 21 more of these jets on order, but unfortunately Airbus has canceled this contract, so we might not see any more of these planes in Qatar Airways’ fleet.

All Qatar Airways A350-1000s have Qsuites

Nearly all Boeing 777-200LRs have Qsuites

Qatar Airways has nine Boeing 777-200LRs, and seven of those feature Qsuites (the others feature business class seats in a 2-2-2 configuration). So while it’s not guaranteed, you have good odds (~78%) of getting Qsuites when flying the 777-200LR.

Nearly all Qatar Airways 777-200LRs have Qsuites

Most Boeing 777-300ERs have Qsuites

The Boeing 777-300ER is the backbone of Qatar Airways’ fleet, as the carrier has 52 of these, including the four currently being leased from Cathay Pacific. Of these planes, 38 feature Qsuites (~73%), 10 feature Qatar Airways’ old 2-2-2 business class (~19%), and four feature Cathay Pacific’s 1-2-1 reverse herringbone configuration (~8%).

A while back Qatar Airways had a higher percentage of 777-300ERs with Qsuites, but some of the 777s with the old business class have been brought back into service due to A350s being grounded.

Qatar Airways’ “old” Boeing 777-300ER business class

Most Airbus A350-900s have Qsuites

Qatar Airways has 34 Airbus A350-900s, though at the moment, a majority of them (roughly 20) are grounded due to the A350 surface degradation issues. The good news is that roughly 10 Airbus A350-900s feature Qsuites, and to my knowledge, nearly all of those planes are flying (since they’re also the newest A350s, and presumably have the fewest issues).

So while a majority of Qatar Airways’ A350-900 fleet doesn’t feature Qsuites, a majority of the planes currently flying do.

Qatar Airways’ “old” Airbus A350-900 business class

No Boeing 787s have Qsuites

Qatar Airways has 37 Boeing 787s, including 30 Boeing 787-8s and seven Boeing 787-9s (with many more to be delivered). None of these feature Qsuites.

Qatar Airways’ Boeing 787-8s feature pretty standard reverse herringbone seats (similar to the old A350 configuration above), while Boeing 787-9s feature an all new business class that isn’t Qsuites.

Qatar Airways business class on the Boeing 787-9 (not Qsuites)

No Airbus A380s have Qsuites

Qatar Airways had planned to retire its fleet of 10 Airbus A380s, but brought back five due to the A350 groundings. These planes don’t feature Qsuites in business class, but rather feature reverse herringbone seats, similar to what you’ll find on some A350-900s and all 787-8s. On the plus side, the A380 does have an onboard bar.

Qatar Airways’ Airbus A380 business class bar

No Airbus A330s have Qsuites

Qatar Airways was supposed to retire its fleet of 14 Airbus A330s, including six A330-200s and eight A330-300s. The planes are still in service due to the A350 groundings, though. They’re mainly used for regional flights, and feature a 2-2-2 configuration. So no A330s have Qsuites, and there aren’t plans for any A330s to get Qsuites.

Qatar Airways’ Airbus A330 business class

As mentioned above, Qatar Airways is also leasing some A330s from Oman Air, and these feature a superior product in business class. They have Apex Suites, which are in a 2-2-2 configuration.

Oman Air’s Airbus A330 business class

Bottom line

Qatar Airways is known for its excellent Qsuites business class. While it has been five years since the product was introduced, you won’t yet find this on all of the carrier’s long-haul jets. For that matter, Qatar Airways has introduced a new 787 business class product since then, so there aren’t even plans to install Qsuites on all jets.

Admittedly the percentage of planes with Qsuites has been adversely impacted by the A350 groundings, as Qatar Airways now has quite a varied fleet. Hopefully, the above is at least a useful rundown of what to expect in terms of your odds of getting Qsuites.

What has your experience been with Qatar Airways’ reliability for not swapping planes?

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  1. CECILIA ROSE Guest

    Do you know which routes from the US (east coast) have the Q suites?

  2. Holden Guest

    Hi Ben, QR is also leasing ex-Virgin Australia 77Ws FYI, very recent news. One frame is already in DOH, to be used on some DPS flights to start with from Jan 2023 onwards. They’re really desperate for planes at this stage.

    1. Andrew Curran Guest

      Hi Holden

      This is interesting. I'm an Oz aviation industry journalist. Would you be able to ping me with some further info on this?

      Cheers

      Andrew

  3. sam Guest

    This article is a typical bait and click.
    The title mentions states which Qatar routes - then you say, there's no consistency and don't elaborate further. If you actually researched it instead of just rehashed your usual crap, you would be able to see which routes have had q suite regularly

  4. AndroklesDK Guest

    Had the typical Qatar "bait and click" experience on my recent return flight from Copenhagen to Cape Town:
    they are very eager to sell a very expensive product that they do not intend to deliver:

    My booking was changed 3 (!!) times with significant service deteriorations.
    DOH-CPT was downgraded from Q suite to 6 abreast business class (777-200) with no privacy
    CPT-DOH was downgraded from Q suite to 6 abreast business class...

    Had the typical Qatar "bait and click" experience on my recent return flight from Copenhagen to Cape Town:
    they are very eager to sell a very expensive product that they do not intend to deliver:

    My booking was changed 3 (!!) times with significant service deteriorations.
    DOH-CPT was downgraded from Q suite to 6 abreast business class (777-200) with no privacy
    CPT-DOH was downgraded from Q suite to 6 abreast business class (777-300) with no privacy
    DOH-CPH was downgraded to Finnair which is certainly not a 5 star airline.

    I booked this ticket especially for the privacy. Eventually I would have been much better of booking British Airways or Swiss which I will obviously do in the future. Qatar does not offer any compensation.

    In addition I have to say that the inflight product is still solid but not where it used to be. Food and wine selection is now average. So this may very well be my last flight with them, especially if Finnair will be servicing all DOH sectors to/from Scandinavia.

  5. WW Guest

    QR are notorious with their last-minute plane-swapping. You book a flight with Q-Suites, then WITHOUT any notice; the plane gets swapped to a non-Q-Suite plane with your seat allocation changed. A typical "Bait and Switch" tactic. Be Warned!

  6. BenjaminGuttery Diamond

    I'm a little confused Ben, so obviously the Q Suites are your favorite (and it sounds like many others). But, besides the privacy door, are the other Qatar Business Class seats bad? I mean obviously the really old ones, but the other ones right "below" the Q Suites are better than let's say, AA Biz or Iberia Boz or Latam Biz. Correct?

  7. Ella Guest

    I flew QR J in early November. I was supposed to fly Qsuites Johannesburg to Doha, then an A380 to London, but both flights got changed. The long flight had an old 777-200 with zero privacy (my charming seat mate used the entire 8 inch by 3.5 feet armrest area for her piles of Stuff). The soft product was also not up to par for international business - an okay breakfast, followed by a snack...

    I flew QR J in early November. I was supposed to fly Qsuites Johannesburg to Doha, then an A380 to London, but both flights got changed. The long flight had an old 777-200 with zero privacy (my charming seat mate used the entire 8 inch by 3.5 feet armrest area for her piles of Stuff). The soft product was also not up to par for international business - an okay breakfast, followed by a snack later, for a 9.5 hour flight. Though my seta mate kept eating chips and candy during the flight, so that must have been available. My own FA must have been napping, so I can't say.

    The flight attendants were missing most of the flight, and not very useful when they were around. Even the amenity kit was weird - some sort of Qatar-advertising shoulder bag, but with the normal goods in it. The second flight ended up being Qsuites on a 773, with good service, good food and drink, an amenity kit in a nice cardboard box and a door. Soft and hard product were impressive (except for the lack of storage in the suite itself). My experience is that Qsuites are a mile above an old QR plane, and you get what you get when the time comes. Sorry if my reality conflicts with this lovely advertisement for QR!

  8. Malcolm Carter Guest

    I have loved the airline's business class in the past traveling from SEA, but I am having serious second thoughts of doing so in the future because of the nation's approach to human rights as highlighted during the World Cup. I'm not sure this gay man can be comfortable flying Qatar in the future.

  9. Homunculus Guest

    "There aren’t any routes that 100% consistently feature Qsuites."

    I'm happy to be corrected, but I'm pretty sure that all Qatar flights into and out of Australia feature Qsuites.

    1. JB Guest

      I believe Qatar operates its A380s to certain destinations in Australia, which do not feature Qsuites (I believe they fly routinely to SYD and PER).

  10. Tim Dunn Diamond

    It will be interesting to see what QR does with Q Suites since presumably they will get rid of their remaining A350 fleet once they can get replacements. Since the Q Suites apparently doesn't fit on the B787, their only option is the B777X once they start replacing the 777-300ERs.
    Goes to show that even without the A350 issue, QR does not have a very standard business class product which is not unlike other major global carriers.

  11. Ryan Guest

    I think it's ridiculous that you are promoting the Qatari stated owned airline. They're a terrible human rights abuser and forced untold migrants death from building World Cup infrastructure. Have you no shame?

  12. AT Guest

    There are several A350-900s flying without Q-suites. The ones in the A7-ALx series do not have Q-suites except ALY and ALZ. And of the newer ones (AMx) that all have Q-suites, a number are grounded.

    Does anyone know which of the 777s do not have Q-suites? I think those are harder to predict because it's not a function of aircraft age but rather when the reconfiguration was done. I've flown a7-BAE, BAZ, BEG, BEN, BER- all had the Q-suites.

    1. JB Guest

      I know A7-BAB does not have Qsuites (it also has the Oneworld livery). I believe some other ones in the A7-BAx series do not have qsuites, but they are not necessarily in order.

  13. JB Guest

    I just flew QR's old 777 Business Class on a 3 hour flight from Doha in the end of September. I was in economy but got upgraded at the gate since economy was oversold (and I am only a OW Ruby/AA Gold). QR primarily used this plane on short flights then but a couple of weeks later I saw it flying to LHR, ATL, MIA, JFK. It seems to go to ATL with some frequency,...

    I just flew QR's old 777 Business Class on a 3 hour flight from Doha in the end of September. I was in economy but got upgraded at the gate since economy was oversold (and I am only a OW Ruby/AA Gold). QR primarily used this plane on short flights then but a couple of weeks later I saw it flying to LHR, ATL, MIA, JFK. It seems to go to ATL with some frequency, which I'm surprised at given the flight length. Does QR really have that much demand to ATL that a 77W is better than an A350-900?

  14. Jonathan Ozol Guest

    I prefer the A380 business class overall to the Qsuite. Plus the on board bar puts it over the top. What a fantastic business class product. Thank you

  15. Steve Guest

    I've had several Qsuites awards. A fantastic product! Unfortunately, QR J award space via AA has been very difficult to find recently,

    1. AT Guest

      Me too, Steve- availability used to be decent but in recent weeks has been dismal (esp through American Airlines). Probably this is due to a combination of the high / holiday season nearing, the World Cup, and the general increase in travel following the pandemic.

      70K Q-suites JFK to Asia was just a phenomenal deal, and I never got an aircraft swap out of the Q-suite to date.

    2. JB Guest

      I actually found some space from Pakistan to MIA via DOH in the end of October. It was available on most dates. It showed up about the third week of October and was released a week in advance until about November 10th. They also had a lot of Economy availability, which had also become rare the past few months (and all of the tickets didn't have any really long layovers, and generally it showed the best routing available)

  16. David Guest

    As you mentioned, there have been a huge number of aircraft changes on Qatar recently. In the last 2 months I flew 6 flights on Qatar in business class; when I booked the flights, 4 of the 6 had Q suites, which was a major factor in which flights I booked. In the end, none of them had Q suites. In addition, to add to the frustration, between boarding and deplaning, we only used a...

    As you mentioned, there have been a huge number of aircraft changes on Qatar recently. In the last 2 months I flew 6 flights on Qatar in business class; when I booked the flights, 4 of the 6 had Q suites, which was a major factor in which flights I booked. In the end, none of them had Q suites. In addition, to add to the frustration, between boarding and deplaning, we only used a jetway once; the other 11 times were via stairs and bus. And of the 6 slights, all 6+ hour international widebody routes, 5 of them had the cheapest amenity kit I've ever seen in business class; a plastic bag with socks and a sleep mask. Not at all impressed...

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JB Guest

I believe Qatar operates its A380s to certain destinations in Australia, which do not feature Qsuites (I believe they fly routinely to SYD and PER).

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AndroklesDK Guest

Had the typical Qatar "bait and click" experience on my recent return flight from Copenhagen to Cape Town: they are very eager to sell a very expensive product that they do not intend to deliver: My booking was changed 3 (!!) times with significant service deteriorations. DOH-CPT was downgraded from Q suite to 6 abreast business class (777-200) with no privacy CPT-DOH was downgraded from Q suite to 6 abreast business class (777-300) with no privacy DOH-CPH was downgraded to Finnair which is certainly not a 5 star airline. I booked this ticket especially for the privacy. Eventually I would have been much better of booking British Airways or Swiss which I will obviously do in the future. Qatar does not offer any compensation. In addition I have to say that the inflight product is still solid but not where it used to be. Food and wine selection is now average. So this may very well be my last flight with them, especially if Finnair will be servicing all DOH sectors to/from Scandinavia.

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BenjaminGuttery Diamond

I'm a little confused Ben, so obviously the Q Suites are your favorite (and it sounds like many others). But, besides the privacy door, are the other Qatar Business Class seats bad? I mean obviously the really old ones, but the other ones right "below" the Q Suites are better than let's say, AA Biz or Iberia Boz or Latam Biz. Correct?

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