Qatar Airways debuts its A380 first class cabin
Published: 05/03/2014 - Filed under: News »
Qatar Airways today announced that it will deploy its first A380 onto its London Heathrow route this summer.
The news came as the Gulf carrier premiered the superjumbo's first class cabin at the ITB trade fair in Berlin.
It will contain eight seats/beds, which will be among the widest and largest in the air once the aircraft is launched.
Each first class seat will feature a 90-inch pitch and transform into a fully-flat bed.
The IFE screen, too, will be the largest currently offered by Qatar at 26-inches wide.
There will be an exclusive first class lounge on board and a "dining for two" option in which passengers can sit opposite one another.
CEO Akbar Al Baker said that there was a market for such a seat on certain routes (such as the London to Doha route), and the intent was to offer something the competition did not have. He said that Qatar had deliberately not gone for the suites with "sliding doors", though the suite with only eight seats in the cabin would offer all the privacy passengers would wish for.
The airline has 13 A380-800s on order and will fit them out in a three-class configuration of first, business and economy over two decks.
Al Baker said: "It is a landmark moment to see this fantastic new first class A380 seat displayed here at ITB Berlin.
"Operating on the Doha to London Heathrow route, this cabin will offer a new level of comfort for passengers travelling to the United Kingdom, who will also benefit from our Premium Terminal in Doha and the new Qatar Airways Premium Lounge in London Heathrow Terminal 4."
The Airbus will operate on QR1 and QR2 to and from London and Doha, replacing an A340-500.
Qatar Airways' A380 will feature at the Farnborough International Airshow in July (see news, February 17).
In addition to the 13 A380s the airline currently has on order, Qatar Airways is also set this year to welcome the first of 80 A350 aircraft as Airbus' launch customer (see news, March 2).
Dubsrus - 05/03/2014 12:35
As per usual QR remain 10 years too late, flat beds, dual dining, bars onboard, nothing new, just catching up with the better airlines
Speedybird - 05/03/2014 13:21
I'm surprised they haven't gone for a more in closed, suite style. At least it is minus the horrid, glitzy bling of Emirates.. But will fall far short of Etihad's offering.
MarcusUK - 05/03/2014 23:59
I think Etihad beats them all in The Gulf carriers for an enclosed private Suite.
The only one to compete, is Singapore Airlines First Class.
dsatrio - 06/03/2014 06:06
Garuda Indonesia's First Class on their B777 is not too shabby either. The suite is on par with larger airlines. The service in most cases are better.
GordyUK - 06/03/2014 15:46
hmm at the risk of going against the grain, I like this, quite a lot. Assuming the photo hasn't been stretched, it looks a very comfortable cabin, with good dark muted colours (I love the individual lamps). I know its know ground breaking but it will be Qatar's only First Class cabin in the air soon, and the dual privacy panels that rise up give it an "almost" enclosed suite feeling. They may be late to the party but compare it to the waste of space BA have done with theirs!. I mean seriously - larger Club World bathrooms than F get. Emirates may be bling-y but they're still the only ones with shower suites which IMHO are brilliant.
Arcanum - 11/03/2014 15:48
I'd double-check some of Qatar's size claims. The IFE will certainly not be the largest offered as Asiana's new F suite has a 32" screen. I'd also be surprised if those seats are wider than Singapore's A380 suites.
SiteAdministrator - 11/03/2014 20:06
I think you're right
I've altered the copy above - thank you for that
debkit11 - 12/03/2014 01:55
A correction - it clearly states, the IFE screen, too, will be the largest currently offered by Qatar at 26-inches wide. It is not about being the biggest or having the most bling. While Qatar Airways may be 10 years behind, they are one of only seven 5-Star carriers. Neither Emirates or Etihad have been awarded 5-Star rating.
IanAsiaTraveller - 15/03/2014 21:04
In the middle pairs of seats is there a privacy screen that can be raised along the entire length between the seats? I certainly wouldn't want to spend the flight looking at my neighbour's IFE screen, which seems unavoidable from the picture above.
hossain - 03/04/2014 18:38
I am waiting to hear about Qatar Airways A380. Will it fly by replacing A340? And I can see it will operate flight number as qr1 & qr2 . How A380 seat plan will be?
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