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Originally published on www.businesstravellerme.com 07/03/2012 - Filed under: News »

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Qatar Airways today unveiled new business and eonomy class seats for its B787 aircraft at ITB Berlin.

The aircraft will contain 254 seats in a two-class configuration with 22 seats in business class and 232 in economy.

With a 1–2–1 business class configuration, the carrier said the layout features two less seats than competitors on conventional wide body aircraft, and more typical of a first class cabin where each passenger has direct aisle access. The seats have been designed exclusively for Qatar Airways.

Passengers can sit in a 22-inch armchair that converts at a touch of a button into different cradle positions, before reaching an 80-inch long, 30-inch wide flatbed.

One of the main attractions is the touchscreen Android technology control units that will debut on the aircraft.

Passengers will be able to access 1,000 movies, TV programmes, music and gaming entertainment options through 17-inch monitors.

The touchscreen control unit has a dual-screen interface allowing passengers to play games on their handheld device while watching movies on their personal screen.

Passengers through the aircraft can be fully connected through wifi and GSM telephony, sending both text and MMS messages although the carrier said voice calls, although possible, will be "disabled to minimise passenger disruption".

Armrests can be adjusted to different heights and passengers can dine and work on large, wood-trimmed sliding tables - and when dining begins, passengers have room to rest their laptops on side tables. Storage space includes a show drawer and side compartment for personal belongings.

In economy, configured 3–3–3, the Recaro-produced seats feature "one less seat per row than competitors on other widebody aircraft". With 7 inches recline, both the seat cushion and backrest adjust to provide more comfort. The design offers a pitch of 32 inches, together with just under 17 inches width and an adjustable hammock-style headrest allows passengers to support their head while resting.

Each economy class seat is fitted with 10.6-inch seat back TV monitors.

Personal power ports are available in every seat, equipped with USB, MP3 and other charger ports, including laptop power outlets; iPort connectors enable iPod and iPhone content to be displayed on passengers’ mini TVs ensuring they are fully connected to work and play.

Qatar Airways Chief Executive Officer Akbar Al Baker said, the aircraft will create "a whole new passenger travel experience".

"Space, comfort and ensuring our passengers have the best onboard entertainment options are key elements of our new Boeing 787s, promising to set new benchmarks in air travel," he said.

Qatar Airways is the first Middle East customer of the Boeing 787, with 60 aircraft on order, including options. The Doha-based airline is preparing to take delivery of five 787s during 2012, with the first set to arrive in Qatar this summer.

The carrier will initially operate the aircraft on intra-Gulf routes to provide flight crew with training hours before Qatar Airways’ 787 is scheduled to appear on static display at the Farnborough Air Show in July and then enter its first long-haul commercial service on the Doha–London Heathrow route.

Qatar's business class configuration is different to launch customer ANA, which opted for a 2-2-2 configuration (click here).

For more details on the B787's design and technology, click here.

For more information, visit qatarairways.com

Report by Dominic Ellis

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bluecruise - 09/03/2012 08:30

Look forward Qatar Business Class shows world top business class seat configuration than Lufthansa , ANA select

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