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Qatar Airways unveils New Boeing B787-9 Business Class

Qatar Airways has finally unveiled its New Business Class on the Boeing B787-9 Dreamliner. The airline will start operating passenger revenue flights of the B787-9 on a number of routes to Europe and Asia. As IH Aviation and Travel had earlier reported, the aircraft will operate flights to Madrid with some other destinations.

Revealed

Qatar Airways has finally revealed its new business class seat on the Boeing B787-9 Dreamliner. The aircraft features a total of 311 seats, including 30 business class seats and 281 standard economy class seats.

As expected, Qatar Airways has decided to go with the new Adient Ascent Business Class seats. As the airline says, the new Business Class Suite ‘embodies a contemporary design that is truly personal, spacious and functional, allowing you to relax in your own private sanctuary’.

New Business Class on Qatar Airways B787-9. Photo: Qatar Airways

The cabin is arranged in a herringbone pattern in a 1-2-1 configuration, thus providing direct aisle access from every seat. Like Qatar Airways’ signature Qsuite business class, this seat also features a sliding door for maximum privacy. Passengers seated in adjoining centre suites can slide the privacy panels away at the touch of a button to create their very own enclosed private space.

Qatar’s signature Qsuite business class. Photo: Qatar Airways

The seat turns into a 79” fully-flat bed. Passengers can store their mobile devices in a dedicated phone holder, equipped with a wireless charging technology that is compatible with both iOS and Android devices.

The beautiful new business class suite is complemented by the airline’s onboard service which includes a wide selection of international cuisine, food and beverages, as well as healthy vegan meal options that are a part of Qatar Airways’ à la carte dine-on-demand menu. Business class passengers will also get products and amenities from world-class brands including Narumi, BRIC’S, diptyque, TWG Tea, Castello Monte Vibiano Vecchio and The White Company to name a few.

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In economy class, the Doha-based airline has chosen the Recaro seats. Each seat is equipped with a 13-inch Panasonic IFE touch screen in addition to a personal electronic device holder for both mobile and iPad devices. The seat features a rotatable armrest that can be completely stowed away to the backrest.

Mr. Akbar Al Baker, Group Chief Executive, Qatar Airways, said:

In-line with our commitment to offering our passengers an unparalleled travel experience, we are pleased to introduce this much-anticipated Business Class Suite on Qatar Airways’ newest wide-body aircraft, the Boeing 787-9 which will debut onto a number of key routes within our network. The new Business Class Suite sets yet another industry standard with a uniquely private experience for premium passengers travelling with us, which is becoming increasingly valuable during this pandemic, while showcasing Qatar Airways’ 5-star standards of excellence and Qatari hospitality that are quintessential on all of our flights. Our passengers deserve the best and I am confident that they will appreciate the larger Dreamliner variant for its unmatched comfort in the sky. Passengers can rest assured that its responsible impact on the environment fully aligns with our ambition to achieve the highest levels of sustainability.

As a warm welcome on-board the new aircraft, Dana Al Fardan, Official Composer of Qatar Airways, has created a new masterpiece portraying the mutual vision Qatar Airways and Dana share in bringing people together.

First routes

The aircraft will begin operating passenger flights from tomorrow (25th June) with inaugural flight between Doha’s Hamad International Airport and Milan Malpensa Airport. The schedule for these flights is:

  • Doha-Milan
  • Departure time: 08:35
  • Arrival time: 13:50
  • Flight time: 6 hours and 15 minutes
  • Flight number: QR127
  • Milan-Doha
  • Departure time: 16:15
  • Arrival time: 23:05
  • Flight time: 5 hours and 50 minutes
  • Flight number: QR128

The flag carrier of the state of Qatar has announced that the B787-9s initially will fly to Athens, Barcelona, Dammam, Karachi, Kuala Lumpur, Madrid and Milan.

Meanwhile, Qatar Airways has recently announced resumption of flights to Phuket, Sharjah and Málaga. The airline has also increased frequency of flights to the Maldives. The carrier will also launch flights to Lusaka and Harare in Zambia and Zimbabwe respectively on 6th August and it is also planning to operate over 100 weekly flights to the United States this summer.

Featured image by Qatar Airways

What do you think of Qatar Airways’ new business class on the Boeing B787-9? Do you think it is an upgrade over the award-winning Qsuite business class? Let me know in the comments section below.

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