Qatar Airways has removed the onboard first class lounges on its A340-600 fleet, and at the same time has added 40 economy seats to the aircraft.
The carrier announced it would be removing the lounges back in 2008 (see online news April 17, 2008), and has now completed the refit across it fleet of four A340-600 aircraft.
The space taken up by the lounge (behind the two rows of first class seating) has now been replaced by two rows of business class seatings, which have themselves been taken from the last two rows of business class which had been previously positioned behind the galley. Finally this vacated space has been replaced by five rows of 2-4-2 economy seating. The two diagrams below show the before and after layouts of the aircraft.
The rejig means that the number of first and business class seats remains the same, but capacity in economy has increased by 40 seats.
Qatar currently plies routes to the UK and Paris using the A340-600 – for more information visit qatarairways.com.
Report by Mark Caswell