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. 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.
 

10 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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  • kt74

    kt74

    19 Dec, 2018 12:10 am

    Uhhhh, this article is wrong. A350-900 is in 2 cabins, or at least it was when I've flown it, and there are galley/toilets between row 6 and 7.
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  • Brandon Loo

    Brandon Loo

    19 Dec, 2018 06:56 am

    The information from Qatar Airways' website incorrectly indicated it was a single cabin at the time of writing, but I've checked again and updated the article. Thanks for pointing it out.

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  • Howard Heng

    duck2h

    19 Dec, 2018 09:49 am

    Any advice for where to sit if you need a bassinet?
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  • Brandon Loo

    Brandon Loo

    19 Dec, 2018 11:09 am

    There are only two bassinet positions in Qsuites. On the Boeing 777s it's 11B and 11J (the two window seats in the last row) and I believe it's similarly positioned on the A350s.
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  • Tom Baum

    tombaum

    19 Dec, 2018 02:31 pm

    Thanks for review. I recently flew AKL - DOH in Q-Suites on the 777-200LR (only the third time it had been rostered to AKL) and sat in 3B which was absolutely fine - quiet and spacious!! Wonderful surprise after being underwhelmed by the old seat on the outbound from DOH.
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  • Blair Coull

    Notso Swift

    20 Dec, 2018 06:44 pm

    We had a Qsuite flight booked Nov17 which had to be cancelled so haven't don it yet, but I still have the traveling backwards reservation, maybe blame BA...
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  • Bert George

    Bertair

    30 Dec, 2018 04:43 pm

    Bassinets in Business Class ? There is no way I would want a crying baby at any time during a 14 hour fight !!
    While I have yet to fly Qatar, I am hoping that my next flight will be with this airline to LHR with a stop over both ways in Doha. Although I travel with my wife, we do like to have our own space and op for window seats, one behind the other on long haul rather than the "double" as offered in the centre.
    Business Class carrying babies and kiddies is not what I want when flying after paying such a high investment in fares.
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  • Tom McNerney

    MacDaddy

    1 May, 2019 04:15 pm

    People with babies have as much right as you do to fly business. Travelling with children isn't a picnic and although I never took my own kids business when they were small, I would defend somebody else's right to do so if they've paid. If there's a baby on board usually you can use earplugs, move seats if the flight isn't full or just not worry since it's very unlikely the baby will cry all the way.
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  • Tom McNerney

    MacDaddy

    1 May, 2019 04:20 pm

    I flew QR DPS-LHR a few weeks ago and found the contrast between the old 777 product on the DPS-DOH leg and the QSuites DOH-LHR interesting. Whilst QSuites is quite the best of the staggered/mixed layout bunch and the best airborne sleep I have ever had (more private, better storage, more stylish etc. compared to say Thai, Garuda, EVA, Asiana 77W/359 that I have also flown recently), I have to say I found it (and some of the others) a little claustrophobic compared to the open spacious cabin of the old product. Am I the only one who feels this?
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