Qatar Airways unveiled their revolutionary QSuites business class product on their newly delivered Boeing 777-300ER aircraft, and is slowly adding this product to other long haul aircraft in their fleet, though I have questioned just how long this process will take.
Ben noted previously that the new 777s had wifi capabilities installed, but the wifi was not turned on. Then earlier this year, not only was the wifi finally switched on, but it was also complimentary.
The flight routes (and flight numbers) included in the promotion are to Doha from the following destinations:
- Bangkok QR831
- Chicago QR726
- London Heathrow QR6, QR8
- New York QR702
- Sydney (continuing on to Canberra) QR907
- Washington Dulles QR708
Note the return flights (i.e. those from Doha) are not included in the promotion. Award tickets on these routes are also excluded.
Now while there are QSuites (and presumably wifi capability) on other flights and routes, I suspect the above routes are those which Qatar can guarantee they will operate wifi enabled planes on, without the risk of aircraft substitution.
The promotion is for flights from now until November 14, 2018. Eligible passengers will receive a wifi access code on the confirmation page at qatarairways.com during the booking process.
Note that if you book a trip featuring multiple eligible flights, then you can only select one flight within the itinerary to receive the free wifi on.
It goes without saying that the more passengers using an inflight wifi service, the slower the speeds will be. So if every passenger on the flight takes advantage of this offer the speeds will likely be so slow they will be unusable.
However this is a very limited promotion (both in terms of dates and eligible flights), so if you are able to take advantage of this then I would expect wifi speeds to be decent, assuming that Qatar is no longer allowing all passengers to connect to the wifi for free, regardless of how they booked their flights.
Do you value wifi on long haul flights?