Qatar Airways promises Qsuites for Sydney, Canberra from June 2018

Qatar Airways promises Qsuites for Sydney, Canberra from June 2018

Qatar Airways will begin flying its advanced Qsuite business class seats to Sydney and Canberra from June 2018 as the Gulf airline continued its push into the highly competitive Australian market with new and upgraded Boeing 777-300ER jets.

"From June you will receive a Qsuite every day, unless we have a technical issue with one of the airplanes," Qatar Airways CEO His Excellency Akbar Al Baker told Australian Business Traveller at a media event today for the launch of Qatar Airways’ daily Doha-Canberra flights.

The Qsuite made a fleeting and undeniably teasing appearance on Monday's inaugural flight between Doha and Canberra, but has been replaced by an older Boeing 777 fitted with an earlier model of business class seats (below) for all subsequent flights.

Although the older seat still converts into a lie-flat bed and boasts ample legroom, the 2-2-2 seating layout and relatively limited personal space around the seat is at least a generation behind the impressive Qsuites in every way.

But from an as-yet-unspecified date in June, business class flyers will be able to ensconce themselves in the Qsuite, which is widely regarded as the world's best business class seat, with its sliding first class-like doors, ample personal space around the seat and also high-speed WiFi.

Flying with a partner in the Qsuites opens up the option for not just sitting next to one another but sleeping next to one another...

... while two adjoining middle suites can open up to create a shared space for four passengers travelling together.

The new Canberra-Sydney-Doha route also provide Sydney travellers with a choice of two daily Qatar Airways flights, with different seating and schedule.

The Canberra flight QR907 leaves Sydney at 3.55pm, while the longstanding QR909 leaves Sydney at 9.45pm on an Airbus A380, with still-superb business class seating...

... and the bonus of an inflight lounge/bar where you can stretch your legs and socialise during the 15-hour trek to Doha.

Both flights include the airline's dine on demand concept, which allows business class travellers to order any item from the menu at any time during the flight.

David Flynn travelled to Canberra as a guest of Qatar Airways

 
David Flynn

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David Flynn is the editor of Australian Business Traveller and a bit of a travel tragic with a weakness for good coffee, shopping and lychee martinis.
 

15 Comments

  • grov

    grov

    13 Feb, 2018 04:21 pm

    Are the Qsuites going to appear on their 380s?
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  • smit0847

    smit0847

    13 Feb, 2018 07:44 pm

    Hmmm... David in your other QR article on here today you quote Al-Baker as saying '14 77Ws have been fitted with QSuites'. According to Flyertalk which tracks the rego of each aircraft closely, only 7 aircraft have QSuites. Given the first QSuites flight was June 24 that means there's been less than 1 aircraft per month fitted with QSuites which suggests that having all 58 77Ws fitted within the next 18 months is extremely optimistic. I wouldnt have thought CBR was high on the list to receive QSuites!
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  • hutch

    hutch

    13 Feb, 2018 09:08 pm

    Canberra may not be. But Sydney might be.
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  • AJW

    AJW

    15 Feb, 2018 01:16 am

    And on course getting the rights for the extra flight is the main reason they are flying to Canberra. I would have a bet if adding a secondary port was not a condition they wouldn’t bother.

    I don’t think I I’ll ever use this service, though it would be good if it were possible to utilise the Qatar SYD-CBR flight to connect to/from international flights in Sydney so as to avoid customs and domestic transfer in Sydney.
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  • Spizz

    Spizz

    13 Feb, 2018 10:01 pm

    David- Any update on when the A350-900 will get the QSuite like the one flown from ADL?
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  • David Flynn

    David

    13 Feb, 2018 10:18 pm

    If we had such, we'd have reported it.
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  • newbieADL

    newbieADL

    14 Feb, 2018 08:06 am

    Interesting move by Qatar. At the launch of QSuites QR said that London, Paris, New York, Tokyo and Sao Paulo would be the first destinations to be upgraded, the last city is the one I'm holding out for personally.

    As it stands right now I believe only LHR and JFK have been upgraded, from the original list and now SYD/CBR seemingly have jumped the queue.
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  • Darren

    DGP

    14 Feb, 2018 09:17 am

    A little off topic....with the Australia/Qatar bilateral rights all filled by QR to ADL/MEL/SYD(CBR)/PER...does anyone think there is the chance they may go for the Gold Coast as an alternate destination seeing as they can't serve BNE until the bilateral rights are renegotiated? Whilst not a huge Business destination, it is a big tourist destination with a large population and QR are starting destinations like Pattaya, Mykonos etc
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  • smit0847

    smit0847

    14 Feb, 2018 10:14 am

    I'm surprised they don't make the ADL flight a tag from their PER flight. From what I understand ADL has one of the lowest loads of any flight in QRs entire network and I don't think pax would be that annoyed at having a brief stop in PER. That would free up another 'direct' flight option so they could send an a380 to BNE
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  • Himeno

    Himeno

    14 Feb, 2018 03:25 pm

    They no longer can.
    The air service agreement allows 21 weekly flights between DOH and the 4 major AU cities (SYD/MEL/BNE/PER) with unlimited flights to other AU cities.
    They are allowed another 7 weekly flights to the 4 limited ports, provided said flight is to/via an unlimited port. This is the reason they opened flights to CBR, so they could get a 2nd flight to SYD without having to cut MEL or PER.

    With all the non stop slots used and the 7 additional now also taken, QR can only start non stop flights to AU to the unlimited ports. If they want to have flights to Brisbane, without cutting the existing PER, MEL or SYD non stops, or the air service agreement changing to increse the limits, they would have to start flights to OOL instead of BNE.
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  • bl812

    bl812

    14 Feb, 2018 04:08 pm

    Just flew from Adelaide and really there was hardly any passengers at least economy,business was less than half full but that is good at least if you fly ,
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  • Robert Bird

    PG1

    14 Feb, 2018 03:22 pm

    Just flew to LHR and enjoyed QSuite. Quite something, even if I was seated backwards to enjoy the seat next to a window.! Much more preferrable to current A380 seats.
    As an aside, QF should put some spies on board to see what service is all about. Qatar really pays attention to those little things, esp for meal service.....first time flyer with them, long time with QF ...... thoroughly impressed with QR, not so QF.

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  • bl812

    bl812

    14 Feb, 2018 04:06 pm

    Just flew on the 350 business product and the seats are not that wide as beds so have to wriggle around to find the spot also connecting flights from Doha was on old 320,parking far on the Tarmac,had to wait at least half an hour for the bus while all the economy were shipped out ahead of us.Food was very good on first flight but mostly breakfast stuff on second leg.Doha lounge is much better than Dubai,food is a bit mediocre for breakfast time,all cold cut meats left uncovered,saw some Asian folks sneezing all over them,that's not very hygienic,
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  • bloominEK

    bloominEK

    14 Feb, 2018 08:55 pm

    This is excellent news! I have some travel to book in June and provided I can get what I need (SYD-LHR, 7/6-10/6) I will certainly be trying out what looks set to be the best J product ex-SYD.
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22 Feb, 2018 11:32 pm

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