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The rumour mill is churning with the news that Qatar Airways‘ amazing looking new Qsuites might be in the air and flying between London and Doha on the 10th June 2017 – that’s 2 weeks on Saturday! The Qsuite really does look incredible, so this is definitely noteworthy if it ends up happening.
Qatar hasn’t always been the best at keeping to deadlines(!) and so far there hasn’t been any official confirmation of the launch date, so I wouldn’t start booking tickets just yet in order to try it. That said, the rumours are coming from credible sources so it doesn’t look like we are going to have to wait too much longer, even if the precise date isn’t quite right.
What we do know (more or less) for certain, is the order of the destinations that the Qsuite will be rolled out to first: London, Paris, New York, Tokyo and Sao Paulo.
The Boeing 77W planes are the first to be refitted with the Qsuite so (chances are…) you want to be looking at flights QR7 / QR8 between Doha and London.
Is the Qsuite really that good?
Well, nobody has had a chance to try it properly yet so it’s hard to say for sure – but it looks incredible.
We are talking personal ‘suites’ with direct aisle access for every seat:
the ability to turn the middle seats into double beds:
and the completely innovative ‘quad’ configuration, so you can socialise or conduct business much more easily:
IN BUSINESS CLASS! – that’s the thing to remember here. In theory, it looks like Qatar may have actually delivered on its ‘First in Business’ ambition, and hopefully we’ll get to try it out in practice very soon. You can read more about the Qsuite and watch a video here.
Fine, it’s amazing – how do I book it?
I wouldn’t actually try to just yet. I would strongly recommend waiting for official confirmation of the rollout dates, and even then I would add a bit of ‘padding’ given Qatar’s track record with deadlines.
The good news though, is that once it is up in the air, there will be lots of good value ways to try it:
Qatar regularly offers excellent sale fares in Business Class. Earlier this year there was even the, slightly ridiculous, £540 Return fares from Brussels to Tokyo, and Tokyo is in the first wave of cities to get the Qsuite!
Qatar is part of Oneworld so you can book using British Airways Avios. A Return from London to Doha would set you back 120,000 Avios + £391.57 in taxes and ‘surcharges’.
Perhaps a better option would be to use American AAdvantage Miles though. AA charge just 42,500 Miles (and no ‘surcharges’) in each direction. Even better is that you can connect for no extra Miles to other destinations in the Middle East or Indian Subcontinent (including the Maldives).
I can’t wait to try the Qsuite out! I think I might get a few mates together and see if we can get a ‘quad’ to really test it properly.
Anyone else excited for the QSuite? – let us know and keep up to date with the latest developments on the forum!