In-seat pictures: Qatar Airways' new Boeing 787 business class

By John Walton, March 13 2012
In-seat pictures: Qatar Airways' new Boeing 787 business class

Qatar Airways' new Boeing 787 Dreamliner business class seat is set to impress with fully flat beds, direct aisle access and a new Android-based touchscreen entertainment system.

The seats will be laid out in the angled "reverse herringbone" 1-2-1 arrangement which Australian travellers will be most familiar with in Cathay Pacific's excellent new business class.

Need a refresher on how the reverse herringbone works and what you'll find? We've got you covered with our comprehensive guide to business class seats and cabin layouts.

This provides each passenger with direct access to the aisle -- no clambering over your seatmate -- while the centre seats work equally well as individual seats for solo flyers (with a large privacy screen between them) or anybody travelling in pairs.

As you can see from the photo above, Qatar has opted to remove the overhead luggage bins from the middle of the business class cabin in its 787s, providing an even more spacious feel in the already light-and-bright Dreamliner.

Let's just hope there's sufficient room in the overhead bins next to the window to cater for all 22 business seats. This arrangement will also prove a slight disadvantage for window seat travellers when the centre passengers are hunting for something above their heads during the flight.

The new business class seats will make their debut in the second half of this year, when Qatar launches its first Boeing 787 on flights between Doha and London Heathrow. Four more 787 Dreamliners are due for delivery to Qatar this year but the airline has yet to reveal which routes they'll fly.

Each 22 inch wide seat converts to a bed that's a generous 6'8" (2 metres) long, with retractable armrests adding width -- in full flat mode, the bed is 30 inches wide.

Andrew Wong from SeatGuru.com snapped these shots during Qatar's launch of the Boeing 787 seats during Berlin's ITB travel show. 

In bed mode, your feet slide well underneath the touchscreen monitor and armrests slide down for extra elbow-room.. Andrew Wong, SeatGuru
In bed mode, your feet slide well underneath the touchscreen monitor and armrests slide down for extra elbow-room.
Andrew Wong, SeatGuru

If you think that video screen looks huge -- well, you're right! It's a whopping 17 inches in business class.

More impressive for the technically-inclined is that not only does the in-flight entertainment system run on Google's Android platform (as specified by Boeing) but it comes with an Android-based touchscreen controller.

The video screens are a smaller 10.6 inches in economy but they still run Android and come with the same touch-sensitive handheld controller. And every seat from tip to tail has its own power outlet and USB charging port.

Business travellers will appreciate the side table fitted alongside the dining table, where you can quickly park your laptop while the tray table is out for meals or if you're nipping out of your seat.

The useful laptop-parking area is next to your head in bed mode, making it also handy for popping your glasses, a bottle of water and whatever else you might need during the night.. Andrew Wong, SeatGuru
The useful laptop-parking area is next to your head in bed mode, making it also handy for popping your glasses, a bottle of water and whatever else you might need during the night.
Andrew Wong, SeatGuru

 

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John Walton

Aviation journalist and travel columnist John took his first long-haul flight when he was eight weeks old and hasn't looked back since. Well, except when facing rearwards in business class.

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A video of the seat from the introduction event in Berlin can be found at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0KuAeU9s7Ik


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