QATAR AIRWAYS WOWS INDUSTRY EXPERTS WITH GLOBAL LAUNCH OF NEW BUSINESS CLASS EXPERIENCE

Award-winning airline unveiled its new Business Class ‘QSuite’ yesterday to international fanfare at ITB Berlin, drawing crowds and industry acclaim

09 Mar 2017

BERLIN, Germany – Qatar Airways unveiled its new Business Class experience yesterday at a packed world exclusive ceremony at ITB Berlin that drew more than 200 international media, travel industry representatives and VIP guests. With an attendance of more than 7,000 visitors ITB Berlin provided the perfect platform for the introduction of the new patented seat design, luxury amenity kits, designer sleepwear, refined china and cutlery service and re-envisaged menu.

The airline’s patented new Business Class QSuite, which features the industry’s first-ever double bed, was revealed before members of the international media, spectators and dignitaries, including the Mayor of Berlin, Mr. Michael Müller and the Qatari Ambassador to Germany, His Excellency Sheikh Saoud Bin Abdulrahman Al-Thani. Continuing the pioneering theme, the reveal moment was live-streamed to thousands online via Facebook, ensuring that no one missed out on this historic occasion for the airline.

Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive, His Excellency Mr. Akbar Al Baker said: “This new product offering – an unrivalled enhancement of our already award-winning Business Class cabin – will absolutely challenge industry norms and expectations. This is truly the future of Premium travel, and I am delighted at the reaction from our travellers, media and industry experts. In this, our 20th year, I am proud to still be leading the industry in terms of innovation and ambition to ensure we continue to offer our passengers the absolute best in both product and service.”

 

Adjustable panels and movable TV monitors on the centre four seats allow colleagues, friends or families travelling together to transform their space into a private suite

Adjustable panels and movable TV monitors on the centre four seats allow colleagues, friends or families travelling together to transform their space into a private suite

Launched at the ITB Berlin exhibition, the world’s largest travel trade show, the unique and patented seat has been two years in the making

Launched at the ITB Berlin exhibition, the world’s largest travel trade show, the unique and patented seat has been two years in the making

QSuite features the industry’s first-ever double bed available in Business Class

QSuite features the industry’s first-ever double bed available in Business Class

Ushering in a never-before-seen standard in Business Class travel, the customisable private suites, named QSuite, introduce a host of firsts to Premium Class travel

Ushering in a never-before-seen standard in Business Class travel, the customisable private suites, named QSuite, introduce a host of firsts to Premium Class travel

At the spectacular reveal ceremony, during which a replica cabin of the aircraft was unveiled to much applause, guests were able to see the new QSuite cabin first-hand, as Qatar Airways cabin crew greeted guests and showcased the many new and exciting features of the new Business Class cabin. In particular, the unique family-suite offering was a huge draw for guests who wanted to experience the option of travelling with loved ones in a social setting that has never before been offered to families. The reveal moment can be viewed online here: https://www.facebook.com/qatarairways

Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive, His Excellency Mr. Akbar Al Baker hosted a capacity-crowd press conference with media from Europe, Asia, the Middle East and the United States all in attendance, all of whom came to learn about the uniquely patented QSuite. Worldwide media coverage of the QSuite launch unanimously proclaimed the new product as ground-breaking. 

His Excellency Sheikh Saoud Bin Abdulrahman Al-Thani, Ambassador of the State of Qatar in Germany commented: “This is a world class reveal for a world class product and I am honoured to be present for this momentous occasion and we are proud of this achievement."

In addition to the industry’s first-ever double bed available in Business Class, the new seat design features privacy panels that stow away, allowing passengers in adjoining seats to create their own private room. Adjustable panels and movable TV monitors on the centre four seats allow colleagues, friends or families travelling together to transform their space into a private suite, giving them the opportunity to work, dine and socialise together. These new features provide the ultimate customisable travel experience that enables passengers to create an environment that suits their own unique needs.

Known for pioneering industry firsts, Qatar Airways is the national carrier of the State of Qatar, and is one of the fastest growing airlines operating one of the youngest fleets in the world. Qatar Airways has a modern fleet of 194 aircraft flying to more than 150 key business and leisure destinations across six continents.

The airline was awarded the World’s Best Business Class by Skytrax in 2016, and its home hub, Hamad International Airport was also recently honoured with five stars at the Skytrax World Airport Awards. 

Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive, H.E. Mr. Akbar Al Baker, hosted a capacity crowd press conference at the ITB exhibition in Berlin

Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive, H.E. Mr. Akbar Al Baker, hosted a capacity crowd press conference at the ITB exhibition in Berlin

Pictured at the reveal ceremony are Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive, H.E. Mr. Akbar Al Baker, H.E. Sheikh Saoud Bin Abdulrahman Al-Thani, Ambassador of the State of Qatar in Germany (left) and the Mayor of Berlin, Mr. Michael Müller (centre)

Pictured at the reveal ceremony are Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive, H.E. Mr. Akbar Al Baker, H.E. Sheikh Saoud Bin Abdulrahman Al-Thani, Ambassador of the State of Qatar in Germany (left) and the Mayor of Berlin, Mr. Michael Müller (centre)

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About Qatar Airways

Qatar Airways, the national carrier of the State of Qatar is celebrating 20 years of Going Places Together with travellers across its more than 150 business and leisure destinations. The world’s fast growing airline will add a number of exciting new destinations to its growing network in 2017, including Dublin, Nice, Skopje and many more, flying passengers on board its modern fleet of 194 aircraft. 

A multiple award-winning airline, Qatar Airways was awarded World's Best Business Class; Best Business Class Airline Lounge and Best Airline Staff Service in the Middle East at the prestigious 2016 World Airline Awards managed by international air transport rating organisation Skytrax.

Qatar Airways is a member of the oneworld global alliance. The award-winning alliance was named the World’s Best Airline Alliance 2015 by Skytrax for the third year running. Qatar Airways was the first Gulf carrier to join global airline alliance, oneworld, enabling its passengers to benefit from more than 1,000 airports in more than 150 countries, with 14,250 daily departures.

Oryx One, Qatar Airways’ in-flight entertainment system offers passengers up to 3,000 entertainment options from the latest blockbuster movies, TV box sets, music, games and much more. Passengers flying on Qatar Airways flights served by its B787, A350, A380, A319 and select A320 and A330 aircraft can also stay in touch with their friends and family around the world by using the award-winning airline’s on-board Wi-Fi and GSM service.

Qatar Airways proudly supports a range of exciting international and local initiatives dedicated to enriching the global community that it serves. Qatar Airways sponsors world-leading sports teams including FC Barcelona and Al-Ahli Saudi Arabia FC reflecting the values of sports as a means of bringing people together, something at the core of the airline’s own brand message – Going Places Together.

Qatar Airways Cargo, the world’s third largest cargo carrier, serves more than 50 exclusive freighter destinations worldwide via its Doha hub and also delivers freight to more than 150 key business and leisure destinations globally on 194 aircraft. The Qatar Airways Cargo fleet now includes eight Airbus 330Fs, 11 Boeing 777 freighters and one Boeing 747 freighter.

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