Since Qatar Airways introduced the QSuite in early 2017, and they have blown the competition out of the Sky. They are arguably the best business class hard product in the sky and have forced other premium focused airlines to up their game, most notably Singapore which introduced a new business class product on its intercontinental flights and is introducing Lie flat business class on its regional jets as well. So read on to see how to find one of the stunning QSuite.
Qatar operates QSuite equipped aircraft on a host of routes from Doha, as far as we know you have a chance of scoring a QSuite on the following routes:
- Hong Kong
- Los Angeles
- New York
- Sao Paulo
- Tokyo Haneda
Find Your Metal & Flight Number
The first step is to check what type of metal you are flying on. Qatar operates Qsuites on Airbus A350-1000, A350-900, Boeing 777-300, and 777-200. All Qatar A350-1000 feature the new QSuite, so if your Flight is advertised as being on an A350-1000, you don’t need to do anything else you are guaranteed a QSuite. It is worth noting that if you are flying an Airbus A380, you will not have the QSuite since no A380 are equipped with them, although it still has a pretty good business class product.
Unfortunately, Qatar has not retrofitted the rest of its long-haul fleet, and the airline operates some A350-900, Boeing 777-300, and 777-200 with Qsuites, while others have an older business class product. In this case, you will need to find your flight number when making the booking.
Once you have your flight number, all you need to do is head over to ExpertFLyer.com. You can set up a free account or a premium account, but to determine whether your flight has Qsuites or not, you only need to set up a free account. Once you have created an account and logged in click on Create a Seat Alert.
Enter the flight details, including flight number, date, and the cabin class and hit the search button to create an alert. Expert Flyer will then return the seating map for your cabin class on the selected flight. If you find yourself looking at a map with a simple 1-2-1 Configuration, then your Aircraft is equipped with the older style Business class product.
If on the other hand, the search returns a seat map with a staggered 1-2-1 configuration, then you are looking at an aircraft equipped with the latest Qsuites.
One thing to remember is that if you search quite a while before your flight, you may find yourself in the unfortunate position of suffering an equipment change due to technical reasons, so it is always best to reconfirm with a fresh seat alert a few days before departure.
Even though it can be a hassle to find out if your aircraft is equipped with Qsuites, it is worth it in the long run, since you are paying for the ticket with your hard-earned cash or precious miles, and you want to get the best value from your trip. One great aspect about Qatar is it regularly publishes some great deals on business class travel, so it is always a good idea to keep an eye out for them