Qatar Airways has revealed its new Boeing 787-9 business class cabin. The reveal comes ahead of the type’s entry to service flying on its Doha to Milan route tomorrow. The cabin of the Boeing 787-9 has been kept a closely guarded secret by the airline following the first delivery over a year ago.
Qatar Airways’ business class product is widely regarded as one of the best worldwide by many travelers. However, the seat doesn’t quite fit onboard the slightly smaller Boeing 787-9 cabin. We’ve been patiently waiting to find out what seat would be placed on the aircraft, and it seems as though that patience has finally paid off.
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30 business class seats
Qatar Airways’ Boeing 787-9 will seat a total of 311 passengers. While rival airline Emirates recently launched its fourth onboard cabin, Qatar will only offer two cabins on its 787-9. The airline’s CEO recently told Simple Flying that premium economy wouldn’t happen, but we could see a new first class cabin one day.
At the front of the cabin, passengers will find 30 herringbone business class suites in a 1-2-1 configuration. Each suite will have direct aisle access, and a sliding door will isolate the seat from the main cabin. The seat can easily be turned into a 79-inch flatbed. All of the seats face away from the middle of the cabin towards the windows.
Commenting on the new cabin, Qatar Airways Group CEO Akbar Al Baker said,
“The new Business Class Suite sets yet another industry standard with a uniquely private experience for premium passengers travelling with us…. Our passengers deserve the best and I am confident that they will appreciate the larger Dreamliner variant for its unmatched comfort in the sky.”
What about economy class?
Behind the business cabin, passengers will find 281 economy seats. The airline uses seats created by Recaro for the cabin, with each offering a 13-inch touch screen display. The airline is still keeping the full details of the economy cabin under wraps, including the seat pitch and complete configuration.
First flight tomorrow
It seems that Qatar Airways has already been using its fleet of Boeing 787-9 aircraft for cargo flights. Tomorrow, the type will operate its first passenger flight for the airline. The aircraft will debut on flight QR127 from Doha (DOH) to Milan’s Malpensa Airport (MXP).
According to ch-aviation.com, the airline has already taken delivery of seven Boeing 787-9 aircraft, ranging between 1.57 and 1.81 years old. It’s not currently clear which of the seven aircraft will operate the passenger flight tomorrow.
Following the Milan Launch, the airline is also planning to fly the Boeing 787-9 to Athens, Barcelona, Dammam, Karachi, Kuala Lumpur, and Madrid. The airline has another 23 Boeing 787-9 aircraft on order. Along with its Boeing 787-8 fleet, the airline will have 60 Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft once deliveries are complete.
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