After a slow start, Qatar Airways is now adding its ‘world’s best business class’ QSuites at an impressive pace to various destinations around the world.
Ben has ranked QSuites as the world’s best business class. I haven’t flown as many products as Ben has, but was lucky enough to fly Qsuites from Doha to London Heathrow last year, and would agree it was easily the best business class product I have ever flown.
Qatar will reconfigure most of their long-haul fleet with their new QSuites business class product, and I’ve questioned before just how long this will take. Fortunately, their newly delivered A350-1000XWBs will all be delivered with the new QSuites product.
They feature 46 QSuite seats spread across two ‘cabins’, as well as 281 economy seats in a standard 3-3-3 layout.
Singapore and Tokyo
Qatar has announced that Singapore and Tokyo Haneda will be the next destinations to receive the QSuites product.
Specifially, the A350-1000s will begin operating flights on these routes from the following dates, replacing the non-QSuites configured A350-900s. Per Airline Route:
- QR944 Doha to Singapore departing 08:30AM arriving 09:20PM (daily from November 1, 2018)
- QR945 Singapore to Doha departing 02:20AM arriving 04:55AM (daily from November 2, 2018)
- QR946 Doha to Singapore departing 02:25AM arriving 03:45PM (daily from December 1, 2018)
- QR947 Singapore to Doha departing 09:20PM arriving 11:55PM (daily from December 1, 2018)
- QR812 Doha to Tokyo Haneda departing 06:45AM arriving 08:20PM (daily from January 1, 2019)
- QR813 Tokyo Haneda to Doha departing 00:01AM arriving 04:55AM (daily from January 2, 2019)
Booking QSuites with miles
If you are looking to book these flights with miles, there is excellent availability on the Doha to Singapore route particularly in December, where there are up to four award seats available on each QSuites flight.
On the Singapore to Doha route, availability is only ‘okay,’ with one QSuites seat available on some days. There is more availability on flight QR943, remembering this flight does not have QSuites.
On the Doha to Tokyo Haneda flights, there are some days in January with four business class seats available for redemption, while others have none.
Availability on the Haneda to Doha route is very good, with three or four award seats available on most days in January.
Both routes remain an excellent use of AAdvantage miles, being 40,000 miles each way from Doha to either Singapore or Tokyo (or the return). Given the flight to Tokyo is significantly longer from Doha than to Singapore, the Haneda option would be the best use of your AAdvantage miles if you are looking to go to Asia next year.
It’s great to see the increased speed at which Qatar is adding QSuites to their most popular routes and it won’t be long until QSuites becomes the norm, and not the exception, to their route network.
I’m especially interested to see how they refit the product to their A380s, as combined with their excellent on board bar, it really will be an unbeatable product.
If you truly want to experience the world’s best business class product I really cannot recommend QSuites enough, especially as there is already excellent award availability on these premium routes.
Have you flown QSuites yet?