From sliding privacy doors to high-quality materials and finishes, Qatar Airways' Qsuite is widely regarded as the world's best business class. Now the Gulf airline is readying what it describes as a "next-generation" Qsuite to take wing on its Boeing 787-9 fleet.
Qatar Airways CEO His Excellency Akbar Al Baker outlined his plans for the Qsuite 2.0 to Executive Traveller in February 2018, saying that the Dreamliner's narrower cabin compared to the Airbus A350 and Boeing 777 required a redesign of the original Qsuite "because we (would) have to narrow the seat, and we don’t want to do that."
At the time, Al Baker also stated the second-generation Qsuite would be "at least 22% lighter than the current Qsuite", explaining that "these seats are not very light (and) we always endeavour to have a product that is lighter on an aeroplane."
That new Qsuite is now warming up on the launchpad and will make its debut on Qatar's factory-fresh Boeing 787-9 jets, although Al Baker – known as one of the airline industry's most perfectionist, attention-to-detail CEOs – says it's not quite there yet.
"Our Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner aircraft is ready, but we have delayed the delivery because our new business class seat is not ready," Al Baker tells AviationAnalyst.co.uk, and describing the seat as "a new variant, next-generation Qsuite."
The Son of Qsuite was originally slated for the Airbus A380, where the curvature of the fuselage in the upper deck business class cabin also ruled out the first-generation suite, but the decision to begin retiring the superjumbos from 2024 made those plans uneconomical.
Next on Qatar's business class playbook is the premium seat of its forthcoming Airbus A321neo and longer-range A321LR jets, which is expected to be a customised 'off the shelf' design rather than an all-new seat. Al Baker has said of the chosen seat "there will be lots of privacy".
David Flynn is in Doha as a guest of Qatar Airways.