Qatar Airways Will Exclusively Fly A350-1000 To JFK

Qatar Airways is known for their modern fleet, and particularly for how much they invest in new aircraft types. A few years back Qatar Airways was the launch customer for the A350-900, and earlier this year the airline was the launch customer for the A350-1000, which is the larger version of the plane.

Qatar Airways has a total of 40 of the A350-1000 aircraft on order. For those of us in the US, there’s so far one Qatar Airways route that has this plane. Since October 28, 2018, Qatar Airways has been flying an A350-1000 once daily between Doha and New York.

This is only the second US route to feature the A350-1000 from any airline, as Cathay Pacific started flying the A350-1000 between Hong Kong and Washington Dulles as of September, though they’ve since put the plane on the San Francisco route.

Now there’s some further good news from Qatar Airways. Currently Qatar Airways’ two daily flights between Doha and New York are operated by A350-900s and A350-1000s.

The good news is that as of April 1, 2019, Qatar Airways will offer twice daily A350-1000 flights between Doha and New York. So JFK will be served exclusively by A350-1000s for the airline, which is pretty cool. That also means they’ll have 92 Qsuites in each direction every day.


Qatar Airways Qsuites 777-300ER

Qatar Airways’ schedule for these two flights will be as follows:

QR701 Doha to New York departing 8:15AM arriving 3:00PM
QR702 New York to Doha departing 9:00PM arriving 4:25PM (+1 day)

QR703 Doha to New York departing 2:15AM arriving 9:00AM
QR704 New York to Doha departing 11:05AM arriving 6:30AM (+1 day)

The A350-1000 features a total of 327 seats, including 46 business class seats and 281 economy seats.

Meanwhile the A350-900 that’s currently on the second frequency features 283 seats, including 36 business class seats and 247 economy seats. So as you can see, this represents a nice capacity increase, of 10 business class seats and 36 economy seats.

It used to be that Qatar Airways wouldn’t make business class award seats available on flights with Qsuites, though as the number of flights with Qsuites has increased, they’ve gotten so much better about making award seats available.

Qatar Airways has more Qsuites destinations in the US than ever before. At this point they’ve scheduled Qsuites on flights to Boston, Chicago, Houston, Los Angeles, New York, and Washington.

Generally speaking JFK is Qatar’s most challenging US gateway for finding business class award seats, though I do see some award seats available. You can easily search space on aa.com, and if you want to narrow it down to the nonstop flight, select the “non-stop only” option.

You should see a fair amount of availability.

It’s still not nearly as good as the availability you’ll see between Boston and Doha, for example.

Anyone have plans to fly the A350-1000 between New York and Doha?

Comments

  1. @ Lucky—any updates as to when QR will begin flying from SFO? This new bird seems like it would be a perfect fit for this route, no?

  2. QR701 Doha to New York departing 8:15AM arriving 3:00PM
    QR702 New York to Doha departing 9:00PM arriving 4:25PM (+1 day)

    QR703 Doha to New York departing 2:15AM arriving 9:00PM
    QR704 New York to Doha departing 11:05AM arriving 6:30AM (+1 day)

    Shouldnt’ QR703 land at 9AM not PM?

  3. I wonder why they still don’t have DFW with Qsuites yet. Maybe is because 77w with the weight of Qsuites can not fly that far?

  4. I am doing jfk –> doh –> bkk and back in sept 2019
    when i booked it was all reverse herring -> 2:2:2 business and now looking at seat mapping it is all qsuites 😉

  5. It makes me sad that AA left the TPA-JFK market because it makes OW awards out of JFK a pain for TPA based flyers like me. I either have to connect in CLT or get a separate DL or B6 ticket.

  6. Yep flying doh-jfk in a couple weeks, but on the previously scheduled 1000 flight. We’re really looking forward to that double bed

  7. Took a flight back to JFK on October and doing another RTN to DOH next month. The 350-1000 is an amazing plane & it was not difficult to score with 75,000 AA miles to both final destinations (EBL & ADD).

    Best in the sky today….but SQ & MH beat them on food service.

  8. Up until now, the morning JFK-DOH flight had the non Q-Suite configuration, and it has been the only one with award availability. On the day my wife, my 93-year-old mother and I need to fly, the morning flight’s allotment was already taken, forcing us to fly out of PHL, even though my mom is NY-based. I am hoping that now that both flights have Q-Suites, Qatar Airways might be generous and open award availability on the evening flight .

  9. I’m flying Qsuites to JFK on May 14 after a trip to Turkey, Israel and Jordan. I scored two award tickets for 70k each through AA a couple of weeks back. I’m super excited. Even though I’m traveling with a companion we’re doing the “true” window seats. I had booked in BA first class on a 747 (flying in the nose cone is on my bucket list), but they changed it to a 777 so I cancelled and started looking for another interesting route. Qsuites is also on the bucket list so I’m equally excited. And it was 60,000 miles cheaper for two.

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