Q-Suite: QR, what have you done?Back to Forum
How on earth could Qatar Airways make such a mad move? Why changing what is one of the best business class seats in the air (the one on many B787, A350 and A380) to that crap called Q-Suite? OK, it offers privacy. But at what cost? The seat is cramped. Legroom is restricted. No more drawer for your personal belongings. And not enough overhead compartments for all passengers! No more bar (on B787s and A350s, there is an unattended one in the middle of the cabin where you can stretch your legs). And only three bathrooms (at least in the A350 I flew in this night).
Oh, and the fact a couple can share a space (which was the case for me) is a false good idea! Night flights often mean we have disconnected lives (one can sleep when the other one what a movie or eat): Impossible in a Q-Suite as the TV will wake the other one up. And I had to move to an empty seat to eat my breakfast as my wife was sleeping.
As far as I am concerned, this new seat is a no-go, no matter how good is the service.
What have you done, QR?4 Feb 2019
Swissdiver, I guess it is all down to personal preference. I travelled solo in one of the window Q-Suites on the 17 hour run from Auckland to Doha and loved it – the privacy and space were fantastic after the 2-2-2 seating on the way out.5 Feb 2019
Swissdiver, I guess it is all down to personal preference. I travelled solo in one of the window Q-Suites on the 17 hour run from Auckland to Doha and loved it – the privacy and space were fantastic after the 2-2-2 seating on the way out.
2-2-2 seating is the old product, often present on B777. I would tend to agree with you, when comparing these two. But in between, there is a fantastic hard product (1-2-1) that Tom describes well there.5 Feb 2019
Q suits are not for individual travellers. These seats has exceptional advantages when a family is travelling together and that is the Qatar Airlines USP.
For single traveler window seat is best and this is one of the best seat. Although I travelled only 4 sectors with this configuration and always had window seat, but noted other single travelers seating in Q suit without conversation and it seems quite good.
Qatar hard and soft product on air, in my opinion, is among top 3 in the world in my opinion.5 Feb 2019
Swissdiver, you and I seem to be alone on this. I too found the Q Suite not to my liking.
As a single it is OK but the centre ‘suites’ are dark and claustrophobic. The TV screen is too big and too close. The seat sections are all wrong. etc-etc!
Travelling as a ‘couple’ I don’t have a good word for it. As a four with Kids maybe, but not for me.
The loss of the ‘communal area’ is a big mistake.
BPP5 Feb 2019
It really is interesting how people’s view differ. I think the Q suite is the best business class seat in the sky..
That said, I find the Qatar business class lounge in Doha to be a triumph of form over substance. It’s designed in such a way that you have to walk at least half way round it to access anything, there are way too few loos so at busy times there is always a queue and the food and drink selection on the main, ground floor is dire. Others say it is wonderful…
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Just arrived in Bangkok from Edinburgh, booked in Economy – seat on A350 fine with plenty of legroom. Upgraded in Doha for the final leg to a Q-Suite on a 777, middle block seating. Very private, very comfortable, just too short a flight.
As an aside, our American captain twice informed us that we would overfly Yangoon, a nice confusion of the old and new!!7 Feb 2019
As a single traveller I have used the window side Q-Suite on many occasions and really like it; I think it gives the same space/comfort/flexibility as the current J offer on the QR 380/350/787 config, but with more privacy.
I can’t comment on the twin middles as haven’t tried them.
I’ve just done MAN-DOH-MEL-DOH-MAN, first three sectors on 787/380, but the return leg from Doha on an older 773 with the open cabin 2-2-2 flatbed seat.
It was a daytime flight, and the seat next to me was empty. It must be two years since I was on this plane, but the open, airy feel, together with acres of space, was quite a revelation. Less good for overnight I suspect, and certainly less good if somebody is next to you (unless you know them)as the privacy in negligable.7 Feb 2019
I have flown on all three variants of the QR business seat.
For my money the Q suite is a clear winner.
The privacy and comfort trump all else.
Most of these trips were as a single traveller though, so I will reserve judgement on the combined suites.9 Feb 2019
My preferences are polar opposites depending on whether i’m flying solo or not.
When flying alone I avoid the 2x2x2 product like the plague.
However when flying with my partner despite their 777 2x2x2 product being their oldest it’s my favourite. There are some drawbacks absolutely – noticeably the lack or places to store items. But as someone that can get mildly claustrophobic when feet have to go into cubby holes or there are fixed tables/TV screens over my legs while sleeping I LOVE the open cabin feeling of the old config 777, the sense of space and the greater feeling of air circulating around.11 Feb 2019