Qatar Airways will reveal the first aircraft featuring its revolutionary new First in Business Class experience on the opening day of the show
The new patented design will be showcased on a Boeing 777 before commencing service on the Doha-London Heathrow route on 24 June
The patented seat design has already received a luxury travel award ahead of going into service
DOHA, Qatar – Qatar Airways is set to steal the limelight at this year’s Paris Air Show, taking place from 19 to 25 June at Le Bourget in Paris, with the launch of the first aircraft in its fleet fitted with the revolutionary, award-winning new Qsuite, Qatar Airways’ First in Business Class concept.
First retro-fitted in a Qatar Airways Boeing 777 aircraft, Qsuite is a unique and patented seat design that will bring the First Class experience to the airline’s Business Class cabin, setting a new standard for Premium Class travel and redefining industry expectations, in tandem with the airline’s already award-winning Business Class service. The Paris Air Show will be the first time the seat has been displayed in an aircraft, allowing visitors a unique preview of the on-board offering.
Qatar Airways’ patented new seat design has already gained industry recognition after receiving the Best Airline Innovation of the Year award at the 2017 ULTRAS (Ultimate Luxury Travel Related Awards) for its launch of Qsuite. The prestigious award was presented at a ceremony at The Savoy hotel in London, attended by Sarah, Duchess of York and HRH Princess Eugenie of York, along with industry experts and VIPs. The win was significant in that the award was given before the seat has even commenced service, such is the anticipated impact of the design on the premium travel industry.
Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive, His Excellency Mr. Akbar Al Baker said: “The Paris Air Show 2017 presents the perfect platform for Qatar Airways to show to the world its first aircraft fitted with our unique, patented and game-changing product, Qsuite. I am sure that our new First in Business Class product will be a key attraction throughout the week for industry, trade, media and aviation enthusiasts alike, demonstrating once again Qatar Airways’ relentless pursuit of innovation and commitment to ensuring the highest-quality experience for our passengers.”
Qsuite features the aviation industry’s first-ever double bed available in Business Class, with privacy panels that stow away, allowing passengers in adjoining seats to create their own private room. In addition, TV monitors on the centre four seats can move to allow colleagues, friends or families travelling together to transform their space into a private suite for four to work, dine or socialise together.
New and patented features within Qsuite provide the ultimate customisable travel experience for Qatar Airways’ Business Class passengers, enabling them to create an environment specific to their own needs. Individually-crafted suites contain luxurious details such as hand-stitched leather and satin rose gold finishing, bringing an additional level of luxury, privacy and style to Qatar Airways’ Business Class offering.
To further complement the customisable on-board seating experience that passengers will now enjoy, Qatar Airways is also launching a new food and beverage concept to accompany the current Business Class dine-on-demand service. The delights of this new menu will also be on offer during the air show. The new Business Class menu will now offer an additional selection of snack ‘sharing dishes’ available throughout the flight, allowing travellers to turn dining at 35,000 feet into a social experience. A wake-up Express Breakfast for early morning arrivals will also be available for those who choose to sleep a little longer by making the most of the ‘Do Not Disturb’ option available on the door of their private Qsuite.
Known for 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 200 aircraft flying to 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.
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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 network in 2017/18, including Dublin, Nice, Skopje, Sarajevo and many more, flying passengers on board its modern fleet of 200 aircraft (195 Qatar Airways, 4 LatAm leased aircraft and 1 Cargo).
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, the official FIFA partner, is the official sponsor of many top-level sporting events, including the FIFA 2018 and 2022 World Cups, as well as F.C. Barcelona, 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 international cargo carrier, serves 60 exclusive freighter destinations worldwide via its world-class Doha hub and also delivers freight to more than 150 key business and leisure destinations globally with 200 aircraft. The Qatar Airways Cargo fleet includes eight Airbus A330 freighters, 12 Boeing 777 freighters and one Boeing 747 freighter.
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Qatar Airways Group, Corporate Communications Department
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