Qatar launches all-business class Doha to London service
Published: 15/05/2014 - Filed under: News »
Qatar Airways is today launching its first all-business class service, between Doha and London Heathrow.
The daily flight will be operated by a 40-seater narrow-bodied A319, configured 2-2.
It will be the first time that an all business class service has linked the UK with the Gulf.
The airline is rostering an A319 for new flights QR15, which departs Doha at 1450 to reach Heathrow T4 at 2025, and QR16, which leaves Heathrow at 2155 and arrives into Doha the next morning at 0640.
The new schedules are perfectly timed for the business traveller wishing to maximise his or her working time either in London or Doha.
The addition of the all-business service, called Business One, means Qatar Airways now operates six daily flights to Heathrow.
Qatar Airways CEO Akbar Al Baker said: "The launch of our first all-premium product Business One reaffirms Qatar Airways' determination to provide the best five-star service and comfort in the air for our business class passengers.
"The Doha to London Heathrow route is one of Qatar Airways' most popular business class destinations and we continue to see increasing demand from passengers in Doha and those connecting onto London Heathrow from our network of worldwide destinations.
"Combined with the new Qatar Airways Premium Lounge at London Heathrow's Terminal 4, and our Premium Terminal in Doha, our passengers can experience the very best Business Class service in the industry."
Qatar Airways will display its new A380 at this summer's Farnborough International Airshow (see news, February 17).
dutchyankee - 15/05/2014 12:44
Considering the great seats on their 787, and the far better configuration with all aisle access, what is the real appeal here? I can imagine a smaller plane, less to contend with at immigration lines, but then again, Business gets out first on the 787 as well. And will this service be priced at a premium to their regular business class services? I certainly get the appeal of the BA A318 LCY to JFK, but why use a narrow bodied small aircraft on a high value slot with what looks like a terrible seat product compared to their other configurations.
travelsforfun - 15/05/2014 12:51
"It will be the first time that an all business class service has linked the UK with the Gulf" - but didn't Silverjet previously operate an all business class London (Luton) - Dubai service?
nibbler - 15/05/2014 13:02
I'm on it tomorrow night LHR-DOH; hoping for a good nights sleep more than anything else.
nibbler - 15/05/2014 17:05
@dutchyankee; on the outbound leg the flight time appeals to me. The 787 departure is at 4pm ; the minibus one 10pm; you can finish a days work; get to heathrow, eat in the lounge / airport and get the plane; (hopefully) sleep on board and arrive in time for work in Doha.
superchris - 15/05/2014 21:30
I don't get why the seats are angled, Im not sure what benefit it gives and frankly think it would be smarter for them not to be (like BA's A318 LCY JFK).
Nibbler, no idea how you can get a good nights sleep on a afternoon flight!
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