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 nearly 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 more 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 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 has 21 more of these jets on order, but those deliveries have been paused now.

All Qatar Airways A350-1000s have Qsuites

Nearly all Boeing 777-200LRs have Qsuites

Qatar Airways has eight Boeing 777-200LRs, and seven of those feature Qsuites (the other features business class seats in a 2-2-2 configuration). So while it’s not guaranteed, you have very good odds (~88%) 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 we’re coming up on 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. John Guest

    Travelled to Manchester, the seat map was showing Qsuites even up until online check in, but on boarding it was the old 2-2-2 layout, and quite a run down one too (had to wedge a bag under the end of the bed to keep it level). I wish there was more consistency

  2. Ian Guest

    The problem really is that once you've been in a Q Suite, the old 777-300 config is a massive disappointment. Plus the privacy shade between the seats is non-existent. Flew MEL-DOH on a non Q Suite aircraft recently and 14 hours overnight as a solo traveller is nowhere near as comfortable in the old config when you've been in a Q Suite for the same journey. Significantly less private, much louder in the cabin and...

    The problem really is that once you've been in a Q Suite, the old 777-300 config is a massive disappointment. Plus the privacy shade between the seats is non-existent. Flew MEL-DOH on a non Q Suite aircraft recently and 14 hours overnight as a solo traveller is nowhere near as comfortable in the old config when you've been in a Q Suite for the same journey. Significantly less private, much louder in the cabin and less personal space. I didn't book direct with Qatar so didn't find out until checking in online. That said, the flights to Australia are so full at the moment that those who did find out, were unable to move to another day or city within a 10 day period of the flight.

  3. Timothy New Member

    I recently booked a return flight from FRA-DOH in October. When I booked, the QR 777-300 seat plan displayed Q-suites. At some stage I received an email stating that the time of the flight had changed (maybe 5 Mins difference). I subsequently checked to see if the seat reservation was still holding and good that I did. The Q-Suites had disappeared and had been replaced by the oled 2-2-2 config. I contacted QR and they...

    I recently booked a return flight from FRA-DOH in October. When I booked, the QR 777-300 seat plan displayed Q-suites. At some stage I received an email stating that the time of the flight had changed (maybe 5 Mins difference). I subsequently checked to see if the seat reservation was still holding and good that I did. The Q-Suites had disappeared and had been replaced by the oled 2-2-2 config. I contacted QR and they informed me that there was still a flight with QSuites that leaves in the morning. So I rebooked and reserved my QS seat when booking. Strangely enough though, the seat plan on SeatGuru displays the old 2-2-2 config while the QR seat plan associated with my booking reveals QSuites. Makes a somewhat apprehensive

  4. World traveler a350 Guest

    “Which routes have Qatar Airways Qsuites?
    There aren’t any routes that 100% consistently feature Qsuites.”

    Sorry, but this 100% is false. Both LAX & SFO are served exclusively with the A350-1000, all of which have QSuites. So yes - there are routes that consistently have it. JFK is another.

    1. Ben Schlappig OMAAT

      @ World traveler a350 -- So let me make a counterpoint to that. DOH-JFK on May 31 is scheduled to be operated by a 777-200LR without Qsuites. ;-)

      Yes, at this point some routes are consistently operated by A350-1000s, so those would have Qsuites. But that's at this very moment, and not always. We've seen Qatar Airways also fly 777-200LRs without Qsuites to LAX in the past.

      My point was that there's not a single...

      @ World traveler a350 -- So let me make a counterpoint to that. DOH-JFK on May 31 is scheduled to be operated by a 777-200LR without Qsuites. ;-)

      Yes, at this point some routes are consistently operated by A350-1000s, so those would have Qsuites. But that's at this very moment, and not always. We've seen Qatar Airways also fly 777-200LRs without Qsuites to LAX in the past.

      My point was that there's not a single route that has for the past few years consistently had Qsuites, without exception.

  5. Andrew Guest

    QR sure are swopping out a lot of Q Suites and has downgraded all SIN-DOH flights which were previously 100% Suites to one being normal business class 1-2-1 and the second to 777-200LR with the really bad 2-2-2 configuration. And their much trumpeted Singapore Premium Lounge is still closed with no reopening date even flagged. I have 8 segments booked with QR between June and September of which all 6 booked in Q Suites have...

    QR sure are swopping out a lot of Q Suites and has downgraded all SIN-DOH flights which were previously 100% Suites to one being normal business class 1-2-1 and the second to 777-200LR with the really bad 2-2-2 configuration. And their much trumpeted Singapore Premium Lounge is still closed with no reopening date even flagged. I have 8 segments booked with QR between June and September of which all 6 booked in Q Suites have been swopped to normal business due to aircraft changes made over the last two weeks - caveat emptor! At least QR did send me email notification of these multiple changes and allow a fee free ticket change to a Q Suites equipped flight (but not much use on SIN-DOH as no suites on any aircraft for the summer schedule at least!).

  6. Andy Diamond

    I'm currently considering a booking including an A330 BKK-DOH. While I find the Oman Air APEX product totally acceptable, the standard QR product isn't. I wonder if I can tell from the seatmap which product is planned for my specific flight?

    1. Ben Schlappig OMAAT

      @ Andy -- I don't believe Bangkok is one of the destinations being served by the Oman Air jets. You can tell for sure by looking at the seatmap. On the Oman Air A330s, business class consists of 24 seats, spread across four rows in a 2-2-2 configuration, with rows 10, 11, 12, and 14 (row 13 is skipped).

  7. Sam Guest

    Here's the good news: Anyone trying to book a biz award from the US between now & December wont have this issue. There is zero partner award space until the end of the World Cup in December!

    1. Alonzo Diamond

      I snagged 2 biz class seats from DC to Doha last month for travel in August. But yeah, trying to figure out how to get back to the US now as there aren't any award seats lol.

  8. Albert Guest

    I made the mistake of booking ~60 days out and actually expecting Q to be on board. It is best right now to not expect it and be happy if you get it. They really need to stop putting Q on their booking page as it is a bit of bait and switch. Of 4 legs I booked that were originally Q (ATL-DOH-CPT and reverse), I ended up with one flight in Q.

    Will not be flying them again on a paid ticket until they get their act together.

    1. SullyofDoha Guest

      Same. Last month, I booked a flight DOH-MNL and it was Q-Suites there and back. I looked last week, and they have already changed it to the 2-2-2 configuration. A bit of a let down. However, the trip is still a month away and there is always a small chance they will switch it back.

  9. Turnpike Guest

    I've got an upcoming trip ARN-DOH-BKK in July and when I booked I made sure it was qsuite on every leg. No there us not qsuite on one single leg. Disappointed to say at least. The only thing that's good about ut is that I get to explore the bar om the A380...

  10. AA70 Member

    Back in 2019 they were leasing A350s from LATAM, and I got swapped from a reverse herringbone A350 to a LATAM A350 BCN-DOH. Still painted in the LA livery, the seats were 2-2-2 but I didn't have a seat mate which was really nice. Other than the plane itself, everything onboard was Qatar so still enjoyed a nice meal and slept with quality bedding.

    1. SullyofDoha Guest

      Agreed. I got the same experience when flying DOH-MUC. It was fine!

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Sam Guest

Here's the good news: Anyone trying to book a biz award from the US between now & December wont have this issue. There is zero partner award space until the end of the World Cup in December!

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John Guest

Travelled to Manchester, the seat map was showing Qsuites even up until online check in, but on boarding it was the old 2-2-2 layout, and quite a run down one too (had to wedge a bag under the end of the bed to keep it level). I wish there was more consistency

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Ian Guest

The problem really is that once you've been in a Q Suite, the old 777-300 config is a massive disappointment. Plus the privacy shade between the seats is non-existent. Flew MEL-DOH on a non Q Suite aircraft recently and 14 hours overnight as a solo traveller is nowhere near as comfortable in the old config when you've been in a Q Suite for the same journey. Significantly less private, much louder in the cabin and less personal space. I didn't book direct with Qatar so didn't find out until checking in online. That said, the flights to Australia are so full at the moment that those who did find out, were unable to move to another day or city within a 10 day period of the flight.

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