Qatar Airways Adjusts LAX Qsuites Schedule

As an update to the below post, I know a lot of people were excited about Qatar Airways introducing Qsuites to LAX as of February, as it looked like the route would get Qsuites daily. 

Note that Qatar has updated the schedule, and for now flights on February 5, 9, 11, 12, 13, 15, 16, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 24, 25, and 27, are scheduled to be operated by Boeing 777-300ERs without Qsuites. 

That’s an unfortunate development, and it seems that this is due to delays in reconfiguring their small fleet of 777-200LRs. I imagine this remains subject to further change. Thanks to reader Andrea for the heads up on this.


Qatar Airways’ Qsuites debuted between Doha and London Heathrow as of June 2017. The airline has been working on retrofitting existing planes with Qsuites, and also has taken delivery of new planes featuring the product.

So far Qsuites are available on select Boeing 777-300ERs, select Boeing 777-200LRs, select Airbus A350-900s, and all Airbus A350-1000s. While this new product is exciting, as James has noted, Qatar’s rollout of planes with the new seats has been slow.

The one plane most in need of Qsuites is the Boeing 777-200LR, given that it is the longest range aircraft that the airline has. Qatar Airways has nine of these aircraft in their fleet, and they operate the longest routes, including to Auckland, Houston, Los Angeles, and Sao Paulo (connecting to Buenos Aires).

This spring Qatar Airways reconfigured their first 777-200LR with Qsuites, which they began flying every other day between Doha and Houston as of June. Then in September Qatar Airways revealed that Sao Paulo and Buenos Aires would be the next destinations to get Qsuites as of December 2018.

The Qsuites question I’ve probably gotten more than any other is “when will Qatar fly Qsuites to LAX?” given that it’s one of the last US routes not to get the product. We now have our answer.

Qatar Airways will begin offering Qsuites to Los Angeles as of February 2, 2019. While this hasn’t been formally announced, seatmaps have been updated to reflect that (though I imagine this is subject to change).

This flight operates with the following schedule:

QR739 Doha to Los Angeles departing 8:00AM arriving 1:20PM
QR740 Los Angeles to Doha departing 3:05PM arriving 5:55PM (+1 day)

It looks like the route will feature Qsuites daily, with the exception of February 3 and 5, when the route still shows the old seatmap.

Qatar’s 777-200LRs are maintaining the same 42 business class seats they currently have.

The bad news is that as Qatar Airways reconfigures these 777-200LRs, they’re going from nine to 10 seats per row in economy. Qatar Airways started the process of densifying their 777s in 2015, though at the time they said they’d only reconfigure the -300 series aircraft, and not the -200 series aircraft. Obviously they’ve changed their mind since then.

Looking at the schedule for next February, Sao Paulo/Buenos Aires, Houston, and Los Angeles all show daily Qsuites service, and all of these routes are operated by 777-200LR aircraft. Those routes alone seem to take up about six frames, so I guess Qatar Airways has a pretty aggressive retrofit schedule for this winter.

The only ultra longhaul 777-200LR route not to be scheduled for Qsuites yet is Auckland, which is also Qatar Airways’ longest route. If they continue at the current pace, I imagine that route will feature Qsuites by the middle of next year as well.

The good news is that if you want to redeem miles on this flight in business class, award availability is wide open. You can redeem just 70,000 AAdvantage miles one-way, which is an incredible deal. There are no carrier imposed surcharges on these redemptions, and you can continue onwards to anywhere in the Middle East or India at the same mileage cost.

Bottom line

I’m excited to see Qatar Airways finally introduce Qsuites on their route to LAX, which is their second longest route. I’m also a bit bummed, since I have a roundtrip ticket between Los Angeles and Doha booked for January, so I’ll be missing Qsuites by less than a week. Grrrr.

If you are looking to redeem AAdvantage miles, being able to book Qsuites on this flight is an incredible value, so I can’t recommend booking this enough, especially given how many award seats there are.

(Tip of the hat to AZ Travels the World)

Comments

  1. @lucky I’m trying to route an AA award LAX-DOH-HKT. It is not giving me a QR option. Is they a way of overriding this.

  2. Am I the only one that thinks the way there sites are smooshed together feels claustrophobic? Everyone hates club world but at least there, for people don’t have their feet pushed into each other’s perimeter space…

  3. Robert, I don’t think AA awards allow routing to Asia thru Middle East, you can go as far as India region.

  4. Do you have to book a separate positioning flight to lax from dtw or is it possible to go from the to lax to doha to maldives for 70k aa miles one way?

  5. Fantastic news!! We fly out of LAX 2/21, so here’s hoping all is well by then. Love your posts, thanks for sharing this exciting news (and everything in geney).

  6. I am flying the Qsuite from IAH-DOH in February! It is showing that the QSuite is on the DOH-PEK route so I am flying for 110K AAdvantage miles IAH-DOH-PEK (23 Hours in QSuite!). It is an incredible redemption!

  7. Yay! But for such a long flight I wish they had switched to the much quieter, more pressurized and roomier A350-1000.

  8. @Jake

    Agree. Those Boeings are super noisy compared to Airbus.
    I have been wondering for years why Boeing can’t seem to get that under control.

  9. Thanks for writing this! I had previously booked a connection through Chicago from the west coast so we could fly Qsuites. With this change, I was able to rebook my AA award through LAX, saving us a 3 hour flight in economy to start the trip. I love AA’s award change policy where you can modify the trip as long as you don’t change the origin and destination.

  10. I’ve just had an aircraft change from SIN and got the Qs in A350-1000.. I enjoyed them for sure but on the other hand never appreciate QR catering: Really bland…

  11. Robert, I don’t think AA awards allow routing to Asia thru Middle East, you can go as far as India region.

    THANK YOU FOR YOUR POST

  12. @ Rob
    “Am I the only one that thinks the way there sites are smooshed together feels claustrophobic?”

    Yes, it’s just you. Qsuites are simply the best J class product in the market. Anywhere. If you really dislike them, you probably ought to be saving up for 1st, or travel exclusively in The Apartment. Or possibly a private jet.

    @ Jake +1

    I’m mystified that anyone could praise the 787 so highly when to me it just feels like a cheap version of an A350 (which, of course, it is – about half the price). I was blown away by my first A350 (a -900 featuring Qatar’s “old” J class), and Qsuites on a 35k is as good as it gets (I’m not very excited by the designer fawning of 1st class).

  13. My wife and I just flew qsuites for the first time last week. JFK to DOH…it was great, a major step up for business class, and we have flown many j configs.

  14. Lucky, how confident would you be booking LAX to Doh on flight 740. I’m taking volunteers to build schools in Kenya and we really want the qsuites. We will hold off going until Feb if you feel this is going to really happen? Should I call QR corporate or do you this will really go through?

  15. Lucky, how do you access the seat map for these flights? It seems quite uncertain about whether a certain flight will have qsuites or not. Thanks!

  16. Lucky,

    Qatar just reversed their QSuite roll out at LAX. We’re booked LAX-BKK (via Doha) on February 21. Seat configuration has gone back to 2-2-2. 🙁 Called and spoke with representative who said retrofit is clearly running behind. I’m hoping they’ll get back on schedule! This is our first flight with Qatar in Business. Return trip is still on Qsuite, as that’s in Mar. Any inside info?

  17. I too am booked on QR flight 740 LAX to DOH Feb 6th, we still have the Qsuites. I spoke to QR and they said that they will allow you to change your dates 14 days before or after if Qsuites were removed from your flight. I hope that helps.
    Any suggestions on what to do in DOH I have one day in DOH?
    thanks

  18. The only downside of QSuite to me was their tray table underneath the IFE screen. I would have prefer if the tray table design would be place on the side armrest.

    Hate it when my knees kept on hitting the tray table.

  19. I’ve got AA award Tickets booked for flights on Qatar flights including DOH-LAX next October and was wondering how to go about choosing seat assignments? I only have the AA record locator and tried it on the Qatar website but it didn’t work and the AA website won’t let me choose them for the Qatar segments.

  20. @PreppyRN: in J class with QSuites, yes, absolutely without question. In J class on the 787s and non-retrofitted A350-900s, I would still say yes. In J class on the A330s and 777s without QSuites, I would still say yes in terms of soft product, but if you value privacy over service, both EY and EK would be better (EK would be better only on the A380; EY better on any widebody). QR J class on the A320 family is about the same as EY (EK does not fly narrowbodies), but there are a few QR A320s with lie flat seats, which would be better than the EY A320.

  21. @Buddy M I have same issue-maybe we are on same flight lol. I called Qatar and got my seats.. But they would not confirm suites. I made sure to get what I would want if they are suites. Not sure what that means…

  22. @Buddy M @Gina

    Tweet AA and ask for the Qatar Airways record Locator. Then you can go on the Qatar website and manage your seat assignments.

  23. @ Ben — Well, FML. We switched our flights from ATL to LAX just to fly this configuration. I guess we can try to route to DFW and pick up that instead…

  24. To those who think that QSuites look smooshed, they are not. I was in the middle Suites and I can assure you there is so much room. VERY roomy no feeling of smooshed like in Delta One’s version. The DL Suites are garbage compared to the QSuites.

  25. @terry, thanks for the tip. Unfortunately, can’t shift any dates due to work schedule. I hope the 777-200 is still good. I know it’s not Qsuites, but does anyone have positive thoughts to share? Please? Tell me we still get pajamas that fit and amazing food and service.

  26. Another way to find your Qatar Record Locator is to put your AA confirmation into Cathay Pacific’s site. Go to Cathay Pacific, then manage your booking, put in your AA record locator and last name. Next it will come up with the Qatar Record Locator either in the address bar or at the top of the screen. May ask you to update some contact details.

  27. @Lucky, just to let you know that I’m due to fly DOH-LAX on 27 Jan and it’s Qsuite configuration… Checked 26 Jan and still has the 2-2-2 configuration… Hope this would help some of the people here…

  28. I’m flying DOH-LAX on 05 Mar and the seat map just changed to the old configuration (no Qsuites). Sniff!

  29. My wife and I flew DOH-LAX in business on February 1. At the counter I noticed our seat numbers had changed. That’s because it was a Q-Suites flight! What a nice surprise.

    It was the nicest I’ve ever flown.

  30. Do you think it’s a glitch that flights after October 25 or so switch back to 2-2-2 in J? i just flew the QSuite ORD-DOH-ORD and want to get a tix to BKK with their current low fare but would dread seating in a 2-2-2 for 16 hours. I checked the seat map on EF, are there any other resources i can check?

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