Qatar Airways Delays Qsuites Flights To Philadelphia

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Qsuites, which is Qatar Airways’ exceptional business class product (and I’d argue the best business class product in the world), debuted in June 2017.

Qatar Airways Qsuites

In addition to newly delivered planes featuring the new product, the airline has also been working on retrofitting the new seats on existing planes. Qsuites are available on select Boeing 777-300ERs, select Boeing 777-200LRs, select Airbus A350-900s, and all Airbus A350-1000s.

Qatar Airways’ US destinations include Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Houston, Los Angeles, Miami, New York, Philadelphia, and Washington.

As of now, the airline offers Qsuites on flights to Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Houston, Los Angeles, New York, and Washington.

In mid-March Qatar Airways updated their seatmaps to indicate that they’d offer Qsuites to Philadelphia as of June 1, 2019. However, it looks like that has now been delayed. Originally they were going to fly an A350-900 to Philadelphia for most of the summer, but now they’re instead going to fly a 777-300ER.

Qatar Airways has officially announced that they’ll offer Qsuites to Philadelphia as of September 1, 2019.

As of that date the route will be operated by an A350-900, featuring 36 business class seats and 247 economy seats.

I think at this point it’s probably highly likely they’ll stick to the schedule, given that they’re formally announced it. However, I should note that aircraft assignments are always subject to change, so just as we’ve seen it change once, we could see it change again.

When you book, you’ll want to make sure that your seatmap looks like this:

And not like this:

This route operates with the following schedule:

QR727 Doha to Philadelphia departing 7:55AM arriving 2:55PM
QR728 Philadelphia to Doha departing 9:00PM arriving 4:40PM (+1 day)

Unfortunately at the  moment there’s not much business class award availability on Qatar Airways for flights between the US and Doha, though hopefully that changes soon.

When there is availability, 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. Alternatively for 75,000 miles total you can fly all the way to Africa.

Earn American miles with:

Anyone plan on flying Qatar Qsuites between Philadelphia and Doha?

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  1. Well, poop. I’d already selected my seats for August 4, and the seat map was QSuites at the time.

  2. Looks like Qatar had changed the plane to B777 recently. I flew this sector in March and the equipment on both legs was A350-900 which did not have Q suites

  3. Curious if the lack of availability between the US and Doha is common, and should we expect it to open up some based on past availability?

  4. @Brodie: I booked DOH-PHL last week as part of an itinerary for February next year. There were 4 J seats available on a Sunday. I also saw 2 J seats for DOH-BOS and DOH-JFK but they were during the week. Use the BA site for just the QR segment, the AA site for domestic connections and call AA. The BA site is not showing AA connections even though AA site shows domestic availability. Neither site is showing connecting itineraries properly using AA and QR…. So you need to do your own leg work but there is availability when the calendar opens.

  5. I had been stalking them and finally saw a lot of open inventory in Business for Feb 2020. I booked Philly to Doha, Doha to JNB – CPT and back (75K American miles each way). Site showed Q suites, but that is for early next year. I hope it stays that way or if not, goes back to the A350. I flew that last year and it was awesome (even in non q suites).

  6. @Rich

    I am booked on the one they rolled back on Jul 1st. I was not very happy about it when I found out… They offered to switch my flight, but the alternatives are overwhelming inconvenient.

  7. @Braxton – likewise, the next flight is 2am and would mean I miss my Doha connection. Hoping they manage to bring this forward as I fly on the 15th and they switch to the Qsuites on the 16th.

  8. If they’re changing to a 77W instead, without Qsuites, why are you showing the non-Qsuite A350 map?

  9. I’m flying on June 11 and it’s showing 777 with 2-2-2 configuration. Forget Qsuites, I will gladly take my original 1-2-1 seating configuration. I’m beyond disappointed.

  10. @schar

    You have to call Qatar to get them to move you into the blocked seats and they try to place couples, families, colleagues, etc. in the middle seats.

  11. Just booked Philadelphia to Qatar in May 2020, seat plan is not showing Qsuite layout. Sad face! Does that mean Qatar is breaking their announcement to have Qsuites on this route?

  12. @Rich – I received a great expert flyer notification yesterday. Equipment swap to a A350-900 with Qsuites configuration. I am guessing you will likely have the same luck!

  13. We are flying from Doha to philly on 27th June and saw that we are in 2-2-2 very disappointed.

  14. I have a flight April 18, 2020 from DOH to PHL in 1-2-1 configuration on regular A350-900 business class. If all PHL-DOH flights will start having QSuites in Sept 1, 2019, does this mean my current configuration will most likely change to QSuites as the my departure date gets closer?

  15. I have a flight April 18, 2020 from DOH to PHL in 1-2-1 configuration on regular A350-900 business class. If all PHL-DOH flights will start having QSuites in Sept 1, 2019, does this mean my current configuration will most likely change to QSuites as the my departure date gets closer?

  16. I’m planning on going to Ethiopia next year. It would be great to treat myself to Qsuites after some rough traveling, but I don’t see any availability from Doha to LA. Alternatively, AA is showing availability with a connection in PHL, but I’m hesitant to book it knowing that the release of Qsuites on that route may change again.

  17. June 2020 to PHL showing non Qsuite seat map on A350-900. Think that might change?

  18. As of right now, ExpertFlyer shows Qsuites map on QR728 from 9/1/19 to 3/27. 3/28 and beyond shows non-Qsuites. Perhaps the aircraft/map is updated 7 months before the flight? 🙂

  19. Now October and seat maps still show non-Qsuites for 3/28/2020 and beyond. Anybody had any idea when these seat maps will get updated? If they do at all.

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