• Qatar Executive powers up its VIP business jet fleet

    Qatar Airways is expanding the size and reach of its private aircraft charter arm, Qatar Executive, through a series of new orders for Gulfstream business jets. This includes four more of the extra-wide cabin Gulfstream G500s, for which Qatar is the Middle East launch customer,  ...

    POSTED 16 Jul, 2019 0 Comments

  • New business class seats put the emphasis on privacy

    2019 has proven a busy year for business class as airlines continue to hone their focus on corporate high-flyers and well-heeled holidaymakers. Most of the latest seat designs are warming up on the launchpad, while one remains parked out of sight, awaiting its own 'big bang' reveal – but a...

    POSTED 8 Jul, 2019 0 Comments

  • No Qsuites business class upgrade for Qatar Airways Airbus A380s

    Qatar Airways has decided not to upgrade its Airbus A380s with Qsuite business class suites owing to plans to retire the superjumbos in as little as five years' time. The airline's CEO, His Excellency Akbar Al Baker, tipped the fate of its A380 fleet at last week's Paris Air Show, admitting "we ...

    POSTED 25 Jun, 2019 6 Comments

  • Qantas rejigs reward bookings for Emirates, Cathay Pacific and more

    Forthcoming changes to the Qantas Frequent Flyer scheme will not only require more points to book premium seats with Qantas – there's a similar uplift ahead for partner airlines including Emirates, Cathay Pacific, Qatar Airways, American Airlines, JAL and many more. The revised rates kick ...

    POSTED 21 Jun, 2019 42 Comments

  • Why you should join the Qatar Airways Beyond Business rewards program

    Qatar Airways' Beyond Business rewards program for small- and medium-sized companies is now available in Australia, allowing businesses to earn points when their employees fly and later use those points to reduce business travel costs. Registration is open to ABN and ACN holders and the program ...

    POSTED 19 Jun, 2019 0 Comments

  • Qatar Airways brings Beyond Business loyalty program to Australia

    UPDATE | Qatar Airways' Beyond Business rewards program for small- and medium-sized companies is now available in Australia, allowing businesses to earn points when their employees fly and later use those points to reduce business travel costs. Registration is open to ABN and ACN holders and the...

    POSTED 4 Apr, 2019 2 Comments

  • Qatar swings Airbus A350-1000 onto Sydney-Doha, Qsuites for Adelaide

    Qatar Airways’ stretched Airbus A350-1000 will make its Sydney debut from 28 October 2019, while an upgrade for Adelaide will also bring the airline's highly-regarded Qsuites business class to the City of Churches on its Airbus A350-900 starting August 16. Both can be chalked up as wi...

    POSTED 19 Mar, 2019 27 Comments

  • Qatar Airways swaps Perth's Airbus A380 for Boeing 777 with Qsuites

    Qatar Airways will swap out its Airbus A380 from the Perth-Doha route for a Boeing 777-300ER between September and December 2019 as the superjumbo heads into the hangar for routine maintenance. That's not the best news if you're booked into the superjumbo's first class cabin, as the Boeing 777 l...

    POSTED 26 Feb, 2019 7 Comments

  • Qatar Airways tips 'mini-Qsuite' business class for Airbus A321neo

    Qatar Airways will launch a new business class seat on its forthcoming Airbus A321neo jets, slated for delivery in the second half of this year, with what's tipped as a high-privacy design which might best described as a single-aisle version of the highly-regarded Qsuite. The same seat will also...

    POSTED 14 Feb, 2019 4 Comments

  • 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 ...

    POSTED 18 Dec, 2018 11 Comments

  • How to book Qatar Airways Qsuites with Qantas Points

    With Qatar Airways now flying the updated Qsuites daily between Canberra, Sydney and Doha, the Gulf airline and Oneworld member provides a second way for Sydney-based Qantas Frequent Flyer members to use their points for travel to Doha and beyond, alongside Qatar's existing A380 service. It cost...

    POSTED 12 Nov, 2018 22 Comments

  • Review: why Qatar Airways' Qsuite is the world's best business class

    I’m often asked what I consider to be the world’s best business class, and my response comes without pause or qualification: Qatar Airways’ Qsuite. This spacious bespoke suite – created for Qatar Airways by feted UK-based design firm PriestmanGoode – hits a tri...

    POSTED 25 Oct, 2018 64 Comments

  • Qatar Airways unlocks free superfast WiFi on selected flights

    Qatar Airways is offering free unlimited WiFi on selected flights to its Doha hub through to the middle of November. The Oneworld member's Super WiFi system is rated at decent broadband-grade speeds – we tested it at 5-8Mbps for downloads, which is decidedly faster than most international ...

    POSTED 21 Oct, 2018 1 Comment

  • Triple-jump your way to Platinum status with a single trip

    Your next trip to Europe could also be the ticket to top-tier Platinum frequent flyer status and the prized Emerald equivalent across all Oneworld airlines – status which we rate as the best that a frequent flyer can have. The key to unlocking that shiny card and all the perks which come w...

    POSTED 19 Oct, 2018 18 Comments

  • George Calombaris brings Greek flair to Qatar's first, business class

    Australian chef and restauranteur George Calombaris is cooking up a series of Greek-inspired dishes for Qatar Airways' first class and business class passengers, although smashing the plates after your inflight feast is not recommended. The new menus will launch on Qatar Airways flights from Syd...

    POSTED 28 Aug, 2018 9 Comments

  • Qatar Airways brings its Qsuites to Sydney, Canberra from July 2018

    Qatar Airways will begin flying its highly-regarded Qsuite business class to Sydney and Canberra from next month. The airline has confirmed that its flights QR906/QR907 will be upgraded to the business class suites "up to four times a week" as of July 1, with Qsuites every day from August 1...

    POSTED 12 Jun, 2018 27 Comments

  • Qatar Airways hikes Privilege Club award rates, booking fees

    Members of Qatar Airways’ Privilege Club loyalty program hoping to book a flight using their hard-earned miles will now need to fork out up to 77% more miles than before to book the same journey, in sweeping changes introduced by the airline without any prior notice to members. But Qantas ...

    POSTED 28 May, 2018 9 Comments

  • Qatar rolls out Qsuite business class to its Boeing 777-200LR jets

    Qatar Airways is now adding its superb Qsuite business class suites to the airline's long-range Boeing 777-200LR jets, which will bring the best-in-class seats closer to the 17+ hour Auckland-Doha route. The first of Qatar's nine Boeing 777-200LRs to be fitted with the Qsuites will make its de...

    POSTED 23 May, 2018 10 Comments

  • Your next BA Boeing 787 flight could be on a swish Qatar Dreamliner

    In a textbook definition of surprise and delight, British Airways passengers could book themselves into business class on one of the flag-carrier's Boeing 787 jets, expecting to see this... .... but will turn up to the gate and walk onto the aircraft to be greeted with this. British Airways...

    POSTED 3 May, 2018 0 Comments

  • Qatar's Super WiFi inflight Internet is fast and (for one hour) free

    Qatar Airways is now serving up broadband above the clouds with the launch of its high-speed inflight Internet service modestly dubbed Super WiFi. We tested the satellite service on one of Qatar's Boeing 777-300ER jets and were pleased see a very useable 5-8Mbps on the download side which made f...

    POSTED 1 May, 2018 2 Comments

  • Is Qatar's Qsuite business class about to get a little less private?

    Qatar will lop a few inches off the height of its Qsuite business class doors in an evolution of the design for its forthcoming Boeing 777X fleet. Speaking on the sidelines of the airline's launch of daily flights to Canberra, Qatar Airways CEO His Excellency Akbar Al Baker said the revisio...

    POSTED 22 Feb, 2018 6 Comments

  • Qatar Airways' new Airbus A350-1000 will fly to London from Feb 24

    Qatar Airways will take delivery of the first Airbus A350-1000 on February 20, with the advanced jet due to begin daily flights between Doha and London from February 24 as the QR15/QR16 service. Speaking at a media event in Canberra to mark the launch of the airline's daily flights between Doha ...

    POSTED 21 Feb, 2018 14 Comments

  • Qatar Airways not interested in ultra-long range A350-900ULR

    Qatar Airways may place additional orders for the new Airbus A350-1000, but has no interest in the ultra-long range A350-900ULR variant. Airbus got a boost for its largest twin-engined jet on Tuesday when Qatar Airways said it was considering upgrading some of its A350 orders to the largest mode...

    POSTED 21 Feb, 2018 3 Comments

  • Six questions (and answers) about Qatar's Doha-Sydney-Canberra flight

    Qatar Airways is now flying daily between Canberra and its hub of Doha, with a brief stopover at Sydney in both directions. Australian Business Traveller readers posed several questions about the flight, and we’ve dug up the answers. You’re welcome.  What lounges will Qatar Airw...

    POSTED 15 Feb, 2018 33 Comments

  • Qatar Airways: next-gen Qsuites for Airbus A380, Boeing 787, 777X

    With Qatar Airways now rolling out its business class Qsuites across its Boeing 777 and Airbus A350 fleet, the airline is turning its attention to a new version of the Qsuite for its Airbus A380 superjumbos and Boeing 787 Dreamliner, along with the world's first Boeing 777X due in 2020. Speaking...

    POSTED 13 Feb, 2018 6 Comments

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