Good news for business class passengers flying between Doha and Philadelphia. Qatar is due to implement its world-famous Qsuites on the route. The service will be launched on the 1st of June, moving to daily later in the month.
Qatar has introduced Qsuites on a number of its routes where no first class exists. New aircraft are being delivered with the seats, while some older aircraft are being retrofitted. The Qsuite can be found on the following aircraft in Qatar’s fleet:
- Some A350-900s;
- All A350-1000s;
- Some Boeing 777-200s;
- Some Boeing 777-300s.
“First in Business”
Qatar Airways markets the Qsuite as “First in Business” and it is not hard to see why. The Qsuite business class product sees passengers given an enclosed suite for the duration of their flight. However, with moveable dividers, it is possible to combine two or four Qsuites, handy if couples or families are travelling together.
In fact, the Qsuite is often considered the industry leader in business travel. The suites give some older first class products a run for their money. Indeed, suites are usually only seen in first class, however, British Airways could be getting business class suites on their new A350 aircraft.
The Philadelphia route
Qatar’s Philadelphia route is operated daily using Airbus A350-900 aircraft. At present, it equipped with standard business class seats. From the 1st of June, Qatar will start offering the Qsuite every other day, and from the 12th of June, this should become daily. The A350-900 operates to Philadelphia on the following schedule:
- QR727 departs from Doha at 0755 local. The A350 lands at 1455 local in Philadelphia;
- QR728 departs from Philadelphia at 2100 local. After a 6,797 mile journey, it is scheduled to land in Doha at 1640 the next day.
Onboard the Qsuite enabled A350-900, Qatar’s cabin will have 36 Qsuites, while 247 economy seats will also be present.
Other Qsuite destinations
Qatar currently offers Qsuites to 32 destinations around the world. However, with the launch of Qsuites to Boston and Philadelphia, this will become 34. Other destinations served by the Qsuite at present include:
- Amsterdam (AMS);
- Beijing (PEK);
- Chicago (ORD);
- Frankfurt (FRA);
- Hong Kong (HKG);
- London (LHR);
- Los Angeles (LAX);
- New York (JFK);
- Paris (CDG);
- Shanghai (PVG);
- Singapore (SIN);
- Sydney (SYD);
While more destinations are slowly getting the suites, a number of destinations are still served by Qatar’s standard business class. As such, it is worth checking which aircraft will serve your route before you go ahead and book the flight. Additionally, there is no guarantee that your flight will have Qsuites on board, as aircraft are sometimes substituted at short notice.
While flight schedules have been amended to show that Qsuites will operate to Philadelphia, the airline is yet to announce the change. While the schedule is unlikely to change, this is certainly possible.