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made a fleeting and undeniably teasing appearance on Monday's inaugural flight between Doha and Canberra, but has been replaced by an older Boeing 777 fitted with an earlier model of business class seats (below) for all subsequent flights.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