Wow: Qatar Airways Rolls Out Their Next Generation Business Class For The Boeing 787-900 Dreamliner

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Qatar Airways has just unveiled their newest generation of Business Class that will be installed on their Boeing 787-900 Dreamliners starting with its Doha to Milan service today, the 25th of June 2021.

The introduction of this new cabin class goes alongside the deployment of their new Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner passenger aircraft that will have it’s first regular passenger flight today.

It’s pretty amazing how Qatar Airways still continues to push on and innovate their cabin products while renewing the fleet all while much of the competition (especially the European carriers) still flies seats that are two generations behind.

In a press release last night Qatar Airways CEO Akbar al Baker reiterated his commitment to provide passengers the best experience possible.

Qatar Airways will launch its new Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner passenger aircraft, featuring its eagerly awaited new Business Class Suite, on a number of key routes to Europe and Asia, starting with its Doha to Milan service on Friday 25 June 2021.

The ultramodern aircraft is scheduled for services from Doha to Athens, Barcelona, Dammam, Karachi, Kuala Lumpur, Madrid and Milan and has a total passenger capacity of 311 seats – 30 Business Class Suites and 281 seats in Economy Class.

Crafted with the unique Qatar Airways design DNA and appealing to the most discerning of travellers, the new Adient Ascent Business Class Suite embodies a contemporary design that is truly personal, spacious and functional, allowing you to relax in your own private sanctuary.

Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive, His Excellency Mr. Akbar Al-Baker, said: “In-line with our commitment to offering our passengers an unparalleled travel experience, we are pleased to introduce this much-anticipated Business Class Suite on Qatar Airways’ newest wide-body aircraft, the Boeing 787-9 which will debut onto a number of key routes within our network.

“The new Business Class Suite sets yet another industry standard with a uniquely private experience for premium passengers travelling with us, which is becoming increasingly valuable during this pandemic, while showcasing Qatar Airways’ 5-star standards of excellence and Qatari hospitality that are quintessential on all of our flights.

“Our passengers deserve the best and I am confident that they will appreciate the larger Dreamliner variant for its unmatched comfort in the sky. Passengers can rest assured that its responsible impact on the environment fully aligns with our ambition to achieve the highest levels of sustainability.” …

The new seat will be a suite design similar to the existing Q-Suites that has quickly become a favorite among passengers and that was designed as Qatar Airways made the decision to move away from First Class which has only been available on the A380 to begin with.

Arranged in a herringbone pattern, in a 1-2-1 configuration, each suite has direct aisle access with a sliding door to ensure the ultimate in privacy and comfort. Passengers seated in adjoining centre suites can slide the privacy panels away at the touch of a button to create their very own enclosed private space.

The Business Class Suite, transforms into a 79” fully-flat bed, offering elevated levels of comfort on board. Passengers can relax during their flight, knowing their personal mobile device is stored safely in a dedicated phone holder, equipped with a wireless charging technology that is compatible with both iOS and Android devices.

The Business Class Suite is complemented with the airline’s industry-leading onboard service from its award-winning cabin crew. This includes a wide selection of international cuisine, food and beverages, as well as healthy vegan meal options that are a part of Qatar Airways’ à la carte dine-on-demand menu. Not only will passengers indulge in award-winning cuisine, premium passengers are pampered with products and amenities from world-class brands including Narumi, BRIC’S, diptyque, TWG Tea, Castello Monte Vibiano Vecchio and The White Company to name a few.

The seating will be in a herringbone style as already installed on the existing B787 Dreamliners:

Compare this to the Q-Suite:

Personally I’m more of a Q-suite “straight seat” fan rather than the herringbone allocation but that’s just a personal preference and mostly based on the passenger-window proximity. I also don’t like to look straight into the aisle from an awkward angle.

That being said the product is fantastic and Qatar Airways has excelled in that regard over the past decade, even leaving the other ME3 carriers behind.

They also improved the Economy Class on the new Dreamliner:

In Economy Class, the Recaro-produced seats exemplify the latest design and technology. Each seat is equipped with a 13-inch Panasonic IFE touch screen in addition to a personal electronic device holder for both mobile and iPad devices. The seat features a rotatable armrest that can be completely stowed away to the backrest, providing a more comfortable and spacious experience. Passengers will enjoy the full dining experience ‘Quisine’, offering an elevated Economy Class travel experience. …

The Dreamliner has become pretty much the backbone of the Qatar Airways fleet, complimenting the Airbus A350 and Boeing 777 after phasing out the A380 and A340s.

The Boeing 787-9 is the latest member of the Boeing aircraft in Qatar Airways’ fleet. As the Middle East launch customer for the Boeing 787, the airline has continued to fly its fleet of 30 787-8s throughout the COVID-19 pandemic due to its strong fuel efficiency and excellent reliability record. Qatar Airways’ investment in the 787-9 once again underscores the airline’s commitment to sustainability and achieving net zero carbon emissions by 2050.

It appears the fleet planning and renewal strategy Qatar Airways implemented has been paying off if you have a look at the carriers fleet profile. The A380 had it’s peak time and it was certainly fun while it lasted but as Mr. Al Baker already said in recent interviews he doesn’t see it coming back based on the changed requirements of carriers despite the aircraft being one of passengers favorites (including myself).

It remains to be seen what the competition is doing. Emirates recently rolled out new cabin products but especially on the European continent I don’t see much movement in that regards. Air France, British Airways and Lufthansa are still two generations behind and it seems new cabin interiors will take some time to be implemented. By then they are already behind the times – once again.

Asia and North America have become pretty static as well and apart from ANA’s new cabin I haven’t seen many stunning, fresh designs in recent times.

Conclusion

Qatar Airways is flying it’s first Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner passenger aircraft from Doha to Milan today and this aircraft will feature their newest Business and Economy Class product.

Qatar Airways has invested heavily in the renewal of their fleet and cabin product and has upkept large parts of their schedule even throughout the pandemic. In some cases QR was the only constant lifeline to/from many destinations so they definitely deserve a lot of credit for their efforts, probably more than they often get.

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