• 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 26 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 28 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

  • Qatar Airways axes lounge access for upgraded passengers

    Savvy travellers using frequent flyer points to upgrade to business class or first class with Qatar Airways will no longer receive airport lounge access before their upgraded flight, unless their original ticket or frequent flyer status already provides this perk. For example, passengers who boo...

    POSTED 7 Feb, 2018 59 Comments

  • Snag with luxury suites delays Qatar Airways' Airbus 350-1000 debut

    Qatar Airways has delayed taking Airbus' new A350-1000 jet – for which it is the much-vaunted global launch customer – because of problems with the airline's unique Qsuite business class seats. “The installation of the Qsuite is taking longer than what we expected,” sai...

    POSTED 23 Jan, 2018 11 Comments

  • Airbus, Boeing prep new 'stretch jets' for Qatar, Singapore Airlines

    2018 will see Airbus and Boeing launch their latest passenger-packing jets, which extend the framework of current Airbus A350 and Boeing 787 designs to carry even more travellers from tip to tail. First up is the Airbus A350-1000, which global launch customer Qatar Airways will begin flying this...

    POSTED 9 Jan, 2018 15 Comments

  • Qatar is bringing its new Qsuites business class to Sydney, Canberra

    EXCLUSIVE | Qatar Airways will launch its new Canberra-Sydney-Doha flights in mid-February with the airline's flagship Qsuites business class, which boasts first class-style sliding doors for privacy doors and even a double bed. But don't get too excited – for now it's just a one-time tr...

    POSTED 28 Dec, 2017 7 Comments

  • Qatar Airways' Airbus A380 to fly Perth-Doha from May 2018

    Qatar Airways will fly its flagship Airbus A380 aircraft to Perth from 1 May, 2018, in what the Gulf carrier and Qantas partner describes as a further sign of its commitment to the Australian market. The superjumbo will replace the Boeing 777-300ER currently flying on the Perth-Doha ro...

    POSTED 15 Dec, 2017 35 Comments

  • Qatar's $862m Cathay Pacific stake shows globe-spanning ambition

    Qatar Airways' surprise purchase of a 9.6 percent stake in Cathay Pacific to gain a foothold in East Asia has damped a long-held speculation among investors that the Hong Kong flag carrier would soon merge with another major shareholder: Air China. The Middle Eastern carrier will buy 9.6 percent...

    POSTED 7 Nov, 2017 1 Comment

  • Qatar Airways launches airport chauffeur service – for a price...

    Qatar Airways now offers an airport chauffeur service to whisk travellers between home or office and the airport. However, the Oneworld member won't be making it free – even to passengers booked in its first class suites. Instead, all passengers will pay a fee for booking a driver through...

    POSTED 19 Sep, 2017 10 Comments

  • How to claim missing Qatar Privilege Club miles after your flight

    It’s easy to earn Qatar Airways Privilege Club miles when taking flights with Qatar Airways and its Oneworld partners like Qantas, British Airways and Cathay Pacific – but occasionally, you’ll need to submit a ‘missing miles’ claim to unlock your points. The process...

    POSTED 12 Sep, 2017 0 Comments

  • Aviation's global hub is quitting the Persian Gulf

    Once upon a time, airlines based in the Persian Gulf were making all the running in the global aviation market. Propped up by state owners that didn't care too much about profits and blessed with a unique geographical position from which a single flight can reach almost every inhabited spot on t...

    POSTED 28 Jul, 2017 5 Comments

  • Qatar Airways will start Canberra-Doha flights in February 2018

    Qatar Airways will begin daily flights between Canberra and Doha via Sydney from mid-February 2018, in a move which will also see Gulf carrier's Sydney-Doha route increase to a double-daily service. The Oneworld airline and de facto Qantas partner has slated a Boeing 777-300ER for the Canberra-S...

    POSTED 22 Jul, 2017 0 Comments

  • USA lifts 'electronics ban' on Emirates, Etihad, Qatar flights

    The United States has stepped down its ‘electronics ban’ on all Emirates, Etihad Airways and Qatar Airways flights from Dubai, Abi Dhabi and Doha to the USA, with passengers again able to carry larger electronic devices like laptops, tablets and noise-cancelling headphones into the ai...

    POSTED 5 Jul, 2017 7 Comments

  • Qatar confirms Paris, New York are next for Qsuite business class

    Qatar Airways has confirmed Paris and New York as the next destinations to see the airline's new Qsuite business class berths, following the debut of the 'super business class' on Doha-London flights from June 24, 2017. The Oneworld member airline runs three flights daily between Doha and Paris,...

    POSTED 20 Jun, 2017 3 Comments

  • Qatar's Qsuite business class: how to book double beds, quads

    EXCLUSIVE | With Qatar Airways' new Qsuite business class suites taking wing from June 24, how can travellers go about booking one of the 'business class double beds' or even a four-suite quad? With the aid of the airline's internal Qsuite Seating Policy document obtained by ...

    POSTED 14 Jun, 2017 9 Comments

  • Revealed: Qatar Airways Qsuite plans for the Airbus A350-1000

    EXCLUSIVE | Qatar Airways will load the front of its new Airbus A350-1000 with 46 of its Qsuite business class suites when the airline takes delivery of the stretched jet by the end of this year, but trim the premium cabin to just two dozen suites in its 'high-density' Boeing 777-300ER. The inno...

    POSTED 13 Jun, 2017 6 Comments

  • How the Doha, Qatar flights bans affect Australian travellers

    Emirates, Etihad Airways, Flydubai and several other Persian Gulf airlines have cancelled flights to the Qatari capital of Doha following a diplomatic stoush over Qatar's relationship with Iran and alleged support of radical Islam terrorists. Qatar Airways has also grounded flights from Hamad In...

    POSTED 6 Jun, 2017 8 Comments

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