Qatar Airways’ newest business class seat product, Qsuite, is set to make its Asia-Pacific debut next month when it becomes available on the airline’s daily flights between Doha and Shanghai.
The airline will begin deploying one of its Qsuite-outfitted Boeing 777-300ER aircraft on the route starting May 15, 2018, making Shanghai the sixth destination to see the new business class cabin after New York, Washington DC, Chicago, London and Paris.
The Qsuite was first unveiled in March last year and has been billed as offering a first class experience in a business class cabin. The product is notable for offering four-person suites in the centre of the cabin, with dividers that can be raised and lowered between seats.
There’s also the option of creating a double bed with two seats in the four-seat suites. Window seats, meanwhile, offer an enclosed one-person suite.
Qatar Airways has been outfitting its fleet of B777-300ER aircraft with the new Qsuite product, which is also appearing on the airline’s new Airbus A350-1000 aircraft. The airline was the launch customer for Airbus’s latest aircraft, which was delivered to Qatar Airways in February.
“Shanghai was Qatar Airways’ first gateway to China in October 2003,” said Qatar Airways chief executive, Akbar Al Baker. “It is therefore fitting that we have chosen it to introduce our award-winning Qsuite product on flights to China, further demonstrating the strength of our commitment to the Chinese market.”
Qatar Airways flies once per day between Doha and Shanghai, flying out of Doha in the early morning and arriving in Shanghai mid-afternoon after a flight of eight hours and 55 minutes. The return leg then leaves Shanghai just before midnight and lands back in Doha in the early morning after a 10-hour and 10-minute flight.
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Qatar Airways currently flies 31 times a week to six destinations in mainland China, including Shanghai, Beijing, Guangzhou, Hangzhou, Chongqing and Chengdu. The airline also flies twice daily to Hong Kong.