Qatar Airways launched their QSuite earlier this year, which is their business class product intended to take on the First Class in other airlines. They’ve put in sliding doors on each business class seat, and made special sections in the business class which can have a travelling party of four face each other while flying together. How do they do that? Pair two forward and rear facing seats together and give them the ability to put the in-flight entertainment panel aside to get some real facetime across the seats.
Qatar Airways has put up the QSuite on some of their Boeing B777ER right now, and when they start taking their Airbus A350-1000 into service next year, they will all have the QSuite installed as well. They fly the QSuite Business Class currently from Doha to London Heathrow, Paris and will shortly launch it to New York in December 2017.
Not just that, you can watch your movies on a 32-inch HD screen while on the plane, and start from where you stopped on the next flight. Mood lighting can be customised and as soon as you’re on board, the suite would be set to your exact specifications every time you are back.
Travelling as a couple? Drop the partition and there is a double-bed in the air. And the generously-sized lavatory gives you enough space to change into your Lalique pyjamas, and even squeezes in a sit-down vanity counter.
But that is not all, Singapore Airlines also reworked the business class cabin this time around. In a liberal 1-2-1 configuration on the upper deck of the A380, these seats are also stitched into luxury leather from Poltrona Frau. Three sets of seats in the Business Class can also drop the divider to become double-beds in the air.
Singapore Airlines plans to first fly this new A380 cabin to Sydney in December 2017, and will progressively put it on all their A380s over the next few years.