Qatar Airways' Boeing 787-9 'Qsuite 2.0' ready for take-off

When they begin flying, the longer-range Dreamliners will include an 'evolved' version of Qatar Airways' Qsuite business class.

By David Flynn, April 30 2020
Qatar Airways' Boeing 787-9 'Qsuite 2.0' ready for take-off

Qatar Airways' second-generation Qsuite stands idling at the edge of the runway, primed for take-off - and if it wasn't for the coronavirus, we'd already have seen this updated 'Qsuite 2.0' and probably have flown in one of the Gulf carrier's first Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners, which is where the new business class suites will make their debut.

While Qatar Airways continues to fly a pared-back schedule, the global travel slump could mean it's months before the new Boeing 787-9s roll out of the hangar. But when that does happen, here's what to expect.

Qatar Airways has already picked up the keys to at least seven Boeing 787-9s.
Qatar Airways has already picked up the keys to at least seven Boeing 787-9s.

Qatar Airways' Boeing 787-9 fleet

Qatar Airways was one of the first airlines to fly the original Boeing 787-8 from late 2012, with 22 of the pre-Qsuite flatbed business class seats – the same as those seen on the Oneworld member's Airbus A380 and earlier Airbus A350 jets.

Qatar Airways' Boeing 787-8 business class.
Qatar Airways' Boeing 787-8 business class.

However, the larger and longer-range Boeing 787-9s will see an evolution of the highly-regarded Qsuite, which Executive Traveller currently rates as the world's best business class.

Qatar Airways' highly-regarded Qsuite business class.
Qatar Airways' highly-regarded Qsuite business class.

At the time of writing, the first seven out of a total order of 30 have already been handed over to Qatar Airways.

In addition to the 'Qsuites 2.0' in business class, the Boeing 787-9s are expected to have the airline's latest economy class seat – created by Italian seat manufacturer Optimares, with a pre-recline of six degrees for take-off and landing and full recline of 19 degrees, along with a "semi-fixed back shell" to avoid encroaching on the space of the passenger behind.

Qatar Airways' latest economy class seat is also tipped for the Boeing 787-9.
Qatar Airways' latest economy class seat is also tipped for the Boeing 787-9.

Also on the cards is Qatar Airways' Super WiFi, which delivers basic broadband-grade speeds of 5+Mbps – a substantial boost compared to the inflight Internet service of most international jets.

Qatar Airways' Boeing 787-9 Qsuite business class

Qatar Airways was set to pull back the curtains on its second-generation Qsuite at the opening day of the ITB Berlin travel trade show on Wednesday March 4, 2020.

However, the rapid spread of the coronavirus pandemic – which was at that stage taking a firm foothold in Europe – saw the travel expo cancelled.

What we expected to see was a suite which at first glance appeared little different to the original Qsuite.

The Qsuite 2.0 philosophy is to not change what's isn't broken.
The Qsuite 2.0 philosophy is to not change what's isn't broken.

One of the key changes is that the Qsuite 2.0 weights substantially less than its predecessor – it's believed to be at least 20% lighter, and when it comes to fuel efficiency, every kilo saved and shaved helps.

Executive Traveller understands that the height of the suites and their sliding privacy doors has also been slightly reduced from the current 135cm (53 inches) based on feedback from passengers.

Expect the walls and door of the Qsuite 2.0 to lose a few inches.
Expect the walls and door of the Qsuite 2.0 to lose a few inches.

Qsuites in the middle of the Boeing 787-9's business class cabin can still be opened up to create a shared double suite and, if your travel partner is willing,  a double bed.

Double beds will remain in Qatar Airways' Boeing 787-9 Qsuites layout.
Double beds will remain in Qatar Airways' Boeing 787-9 Qsuites layout.

However, unlike  the Airbus A350 and Boeing 777 Qsuites, there's no option for four middle Qsuites to become a single over-sized 'quad space' suitable for families or colleagues.

The second-gen Qsuites will lose the ability to convert into a 'quad' of four suites.
The second-gen Qsuites will lose the ability to convert into a 'quad' of four suites.

That's in line with comments made to Executive Traveller by Qatar Airways CEO His Excellency Akbar Al Baker in February 2018  that the Qsuite 2.0 design will not be very far away from the Qsuite. The only thing it will not have will be able to have is a quad (to) convert into a family area."

No Qsuites for Qatar Airways Airbus A380

The Boeing 787-9 Qsuites have their origin in a design first drawn up for the Airbus A380, which demanded a modified version of the suite due to the pronounced wall curvature of the superjumbo's upper deck business class cabin.

However, with Qatar Airways now planning an early exit for all ten A380s beginning in 2024, the airline has confirmed it won't be fitting Qsuites to the superjumbo.

Additional material by Brandon Loo

David

David Flynn is the Editor-in-Chief of Executive Traveller and a bit of a travel tragic with a weakness for good coffee, shopping and lychee martinis.

QF

11 Jul 2014

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Didn't Boeing put the wrong seats into the first 2 deliveries and then had to fly them back to the factory for a refit?

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

01 Mar 2013

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Appreciated, David. Many Thanks.

For 20+ years my team and I have flown globally for Business. Tomorrow, I doubt that will happen. There's no meat left on the bones and even my most generous clients have already warned me that my already 'global knife-sharp pencil' will need to be sharper.

04 Dec 2017

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Qatar Airways are a funny airline. Call centre, ground ops staff are a basket case. When things go wrong say 10 Hail Mary's and 10 Our Fathers and hope for the best. Customer service is basic, not able to communicate well nor comprehend issues and misinterpret them 7/10 times; thus trying to solve issues becomes painful. I wish there were contact details for an Australian based office with Australian staff handing issues. In the air however, it's a whole different airline...blissful and amazing. Not sure how they could have got themselves into such a polarised state. Fly them and enjoy them but just hope you don't need to make changes or any issues arise.

18 Jul 2019

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