Best seats guide: Qatar Airways Qsuites (Boeing 777 and Airbus A350)

Best seats guide: Qatar Airways Qsuites (Boeing 777 and Airbus A350)

Qatar Airways’ ‘super business class’ Qsuites have been flying high since June 2017, and currently grace the skies between Canberra, Sydney and Doha on the Boeing 777-300ER.

You’ll also find Qsuites on all Airbus A350-1000s, plus some Airbus A350-900 and Boeing 777-200LR jets. More planes will join this roster as Qatar continues to refurbish the fleet.

With 42 Qsuites to choose from on the Boeing jets, we take a close look at the seat map to find the perfect perch for every traveller.

Seatmaps adapted from Seatguru

The best Qsuites: at a glance

These are our recommendations for the best Qsuite business class seats on Qatar Airways' Boeing 777-300 jets.

  • Solo travellers: 3A, 3K, 5A, 5K, 10A, 10K
  • Cosy couples: 3E & 3F,  5E & 5F, 9E & 9F
  • Colleagues: 2D & 2G, 4D & 4G, 8D & 8G, 10D & 10G
  • Groups of four: Any of the five available ‘quad suites’ (at seats D, E, F and G0

Note that all A, E, F and K seats face backwards, while B, D, G and J seats are forward-facing.

The best Qsuites for solo travellers

If you’re travelling on your own, you’ll probably appreciate privacy, space and a view. With a 1-2-1 configuration, the sides of the plane are the place to be.

In fact, per Qatar Airways policy, solo passengers should only be able to select A, B, J and K seats initially, so the double/quad pods don’t get broken up by single travellers unless there’s no more space.

All the A and K seats are closest to the window and backwards facing. The sliding door is away from you in the aisle, maximising the feeling of space. These seats would be our top pick, with preference to the middle of each mini-cabin (rows 3, 5 and 10).

The B and J Qsuites face forwards and position your seat adjacent to the aisle and sliding door, and further away from the window.

The best Qsuites for cosy couples

Starry-eyed couples will relish the opportunity to cuddle up on a ‘double bed’ - which is possible on the rear-facing E & F seats.

There are six such pairs on the Boeing 777, and they do have a full-length privacy divider if required – but for those travelling together, the crew can make up your bed and cover the gap between seats for a more seamless experience.

The E & F pairs furthest from distractions are in rows 3, 5 and 9.

The best Qsuites for coworkers

For situations where you would like to converse with your travelling companion but not snooze next to them, we recommend either the E & F seats (above) with the centre divider raised during sleep, or for a bit more personal space, the forward-facing centre B & D pairs.

They are still close enough to interact with each other, but also sufficiently separate enough so everyone can feel comfortable in their own seat without rubbing shoulders.

If productivity is needed on the flight, the B & D pairs also feature a shared table in the middle, which would be useful for collaboration.

It’s also the first seats offered to solo travellers if there are no more window seats left, as Qatar Airways policy dictates.

Due to the seating layout, only 4B and 4D are truly in the middle of a cabin, with the rest being offset to one side, while 6B and 6D back directly onto a galley.

The best Qsuites: trios and quads

Groups of three of four will be in for a treat, as they can utilise the special ‘quad pods’. With the centre dividers able to open up, it’s perfect for families and colleagues alike.

Each pair of E/F and D/G seats form a quad, and there are five of them on the Boeing 777s. The most central pod consists of 3E/F and 4D/G.

 

Qatar Airways Airbus A350-1000 and Airbus A350-900: Best Qsuites at a glance

Qatar’s newest Airbus jets sports Qsuites in a similar arrangement to the Boeing 777.

Our guidance for the best seats remain the same, although some of the actual specific seat numbers may be different. 

The Airbus A350-1000 (seatmap shown above) has 46 Qsuites across two cabins, while the smaller A350-900 has 36 Qsuites in a single cabin. Regardless, our picks are the same for both types:

  • Solo travellers: 3A, 3K, 5A, 5K, 7A, 7K
  • Cosy couples: 3E & 3F, 5E & 5F, 7E & 7F
  • Coworkers: 2D & 2G, 4D & 4G, 6D & 6G, 8D & 8G
  • Trios and Quads: Any of the available D/E/F/G ‘quad suites’

There's an easy way to remember which seats are forwards or backwards on the A350s - all odd-numbered rows face the back, and all even-numbered rows face forward.

The rear cabin on the A350-1000 certainly offers the 'private jet' feel, but keep in mind one row is close to the toilets and galley, and the second row is directly in front of economy bassinet positions.

Also read: Why the Qatar Airways Qsuite is the world's best business class

Brandon Loo

Brandon Loo

Brandon divides his time between Perth and Launceston, with ample hours spent in airport lounges in between. He recently picked up photography and tries to capture the beauty of Tasmanian landscapes, aeroplane cabins and in-flight food, to varying degrees of success.
 

1 comments

  • Dennis Alejo

    Dencio

    2 Nov, 2018 07:29 pm

    I flew DOH-SYD solo and initially was booked in 5k. I called to request to change the seat to 11F with the hope that 11E will be vacant. You cannot change to the middle seats online as a solo traveller. I was told told at the counter that my request is granted and that adjacent seat is also free. Best flight ever as I had a double bed for myself. I think you forgot to review these seats. 11E and 11F has he least disturbance as you are the last row in cabin and there is no lavatory or galley next to it. So hardly any one will see you except when a crew passes from economy to business cabin (which is infrequent). 11A and 11K are also a half way front so you can hardly see them. They are also facing rear so you face the divider and you dont see other passengers and crew even when they stand up. Flying solo in two adjacent seats feels like you are flying first than business
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