In February 2017, Qatar Airways was delivered the first ever Airbus A350-1000 which was fitted with theit state-of-the-art QSuite business class. I was invited on that flight which meant that I was able to sample the incredible QSuite. Seeing as this was a delivery flight for media only, however, a full review wouldn’t have been a fair review so just over one after, a decided the try them out for real on a 9 hour flight from Hong Kong to Doha.
Booking Qatar Airways in the QSuite can be expensive on this route. If you want to pay cash for Qatar’s business class, it is often clever to route out of airports such as Stockholm where cheap fares can easily be found.
I booked this flight using British Airways Avios which I had earned by using my American Express Prefered Rewards Gold Card. If you don’t know how you can book flights using miles and points click here for my beginners’ guide.
I booked this flight for a total of 60,000 avios and £92.10.
Something i love about flying out of Hong Kong is the ‘in town check-in’ service they offer at Hong Kong Station. If you have a ticket on the airport express train, you can drop your bag and get your boarding pass printed up to 24 hours before your flight departs. I used this service before i got on the train and it was amazing!
Because I had already dropped my bag off and printed my boarding pass, I headed straight through security but I couldn’t see a a fast track entrance so simply entered the normal channel and was through in a few minutes.
Qatar Airways business class passengers are able to use the Cathay Pacific business class lounges in Hong Kong but because i had landed the previous day on a Cathay Pacific First Class ticket, I was able to use the first class lounges and you can see the review of The Wing and The Pier.
I left the lounge when boarding was announced and managed to join the business class queue as the first passenger. Around five minutes later, I boarded as the first passenger and was greeted onboard by the sublime Qatar Airways crew who led me all the way to seat 10A.
Qatar Airways are in the process of retrofitting their Boeing 777-300ERs with the new business class QSuite product.
The QSuite is a private suite and the cabin is setup in a 1-2-1 configuration with alternating ‘real’ window seats and window seats closer to the aisle. In the middle, the 2 seats alternate between being closer together in the middle (perfect for couples as it makes a double bed) and further out towards the aisle. The QSuite has the ability to bring dividers down to form a block of four seats in the middle for familes or meetings!
Each suite has a table on the left for storage.
Below this are the seat controls, plugs, power sockets, headphone jack and remote control to control the screen.
The screen is a large flat-screen which wasn’t all that responsive but worked well.
On the left of the seat there is a storage box which can be raised and it holds the headphones…
…a bottle of water and reading materials.
Above the seat, also on the left, is a reading light which has several brightness settings and was very maneuverable.
Directly in front of you is the tray table which is released with a catch below. The seat was large and sturdy.
Finally, the suite is made private by the sliding door on the left.
As soon as i was welcomed onboard I was offered a welcome drink and opted for the signature Qatar lime and mint mocktail. I loved this drink and proceeded to drink it over the next few hours!
After my hot towel and welcome drink arrived, a crew member came and introduced herself as she talked me through the seat features. She also took my meal orders from the menu (see below) and asked which snacks I would like so that she could reserve them and make sure nobody else ordered them before they ran out! She also informed me that the two seats in row 9 in the middle were vacant meaning that if I wanted, I could try the double bed out!
Before takeoff, my drink was refilled and my pyjamas arrived which weren’t the best quality but were comfortable enough for the 9 hours.
We took off into the night on time and began our 9 hour flight through darkness to Doha. As soon as the seatbelt sign was turned off, I headed to the bathroom to get changed and when I returned the crew asked if I would like to eat and begun to set my table.
As a pre-meal drink, I opted for the pineapple margarita which was nice but I had to scrape the salt from the side for it to be bearable.
The first course to arrive was the tiny salmon appetizer which took 3 mouthfuls to finish but tasted good.
Next up came the Arabic mezze dish which consists of pitta breads and dips. The pittas were nice and warm and the dishes went well together.
Finally, my main course arrived and I couldn’t of been happier with my choice. The prawns tasted so good and I was even tempted to ask for a refill.
After the meal service, the crew cleared my table and brought a tomato juice and chocolates.
As I finished my meal, the crew set up the double bed for me in row 9 without me even knowing and as my table was cleared, she led me to my new private suite!
The double bed is amazing, you can barely feel the partition and I was able to lie over both beds with a map on one screen and a film on the other.
I asked if my snacks could be delivered to the double bed and the crew were happy to oblige. First up came two small burgers with pineapple juice. The burgers were amazing and came with a small salad side.
Next up came two skewers with a choice of sauces. These were lovely but very much a ‘snack’ and were gone in two bites each.
After this, I was ready for a sleep and nodded off to the King’s Speech playing through my headphones. Around 5 hours later, I was woken to find myself sprawled across the double bed and felt like I had just woken in a small hotel room, it was honestly that good.
The Qatar QSuite is an incredible product, there is no two ways about it. My flight from Hong Kong to Doha proved just how amazing the Qatar food, crew and seat could be and I can’t wait to fly this product again in the future.