Qatar Airways has revealed an industry-leading business class concept during the first day of ITB Berlin. Called the QSuites, the new offering features the 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. Adjustable panels and movable TV monitors on the centre four seats allow colleagues, friends or families travelling together to transform their space into a private suite, allowing them to work, dine and socialise together. The QSuites will first be made available in June 2017 on the Boeing 777-300ER and introduced progressively to London, Paris and New York for the first phase.
This development is a continuation on an ongoing trend in the airline industry to blur the lines between First Class and Business Class.
Each seat is crafted with luxurious details such as hand-stitched Italian leather and satin rose gold finishing. In addition, Qatar Airways is also revamping their food and beverage concept, introducing a menu with new dining choices.
Given the new QSuites arrangement, it is perhaps only proper for Qatar Airways to allow passengers to turn dining into a social experience. In addition to the existing decadent ‘dine on demand’ service, the new Business Class menu will now offer a selection of snack ‘sharing dishes’ available throughout the flight. A wake-up Express Breakfast 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.
During the event, Qatar Airways also launched a completely new next-generation user interface of Oryx One, its award-winning inflight entertainment platform. Oryx One’s interface has been revamped to make it even easier to browse content and choose from up to 3,000 entertainment options – the most of any airline. The next-generation user interface has evolved from the rapidly maturing online media sector, presenting movies, games and a special children’s menu in a format that is immediately familiar yet revolutionary for on-board passengers.