Qatar will lop a few inches off the height of its Qsuite business class doors in an evolution of the design for its forthcoming Boeing 777X fleet.
Speaking on the sidelines of the airline's launch of daily flights to Canberra, Qatar Airways CEO His Excellency Akbar Al Baker said the revision was based on the first round of feedback from the Boeing 777-300ER's Qsuite passengers.
“For the incoming Boeing 777Xs we will lower the current wall height of the suites by a few inches after receiving passenger input."
The partition on the first-gen Qsuites measures 135cm (53 inches).
The seating module itself will also be refined to reduce its weight to be "at least 22% lighter than the current Qsuite."
Qatar Airways expects to take delivery of its first Boeing 777-9 – the debutante model in the 777X line – in the first half of 2020.
As previously reported, a new version of the Qsuites is also being designed for the airline's Boeing 787 Dreamliner fleet to be fitted from 2019, and the Airbus A380s from 2020.
"We cannot put the Qsuite on the upper deck of the A380 because of curvature of the fuselage," Al Baker told Australian Business Traveller, adding that the cabin width of the Boeing 787 is also incompatible with the current Qsuite design "because we have to narrow the seat, and we don’t want to do that."