Qatar Airways' new Airbus A350-1000 will fly to London from Feb 24

By David Flynn, February 21 2018
Qatar Airways' new Airbus A350-1000 will fly to London from Feb 24

Qatar Airways will take delivery of the first Airbus A350-1000 on February 20, with the advanced jet due to begin daily flights between Doha and London from February 24 as the QR15/QR16 service.

Speaking at a media event in Canberra to mark the launch of the airline's daily flights between Doha and the Australian capital, airline CEO His Excellency Akbar Al Baker confirmed that the A350-1000 "will be delivered on the 20th of this month."

The jet is the largest member of the Airbus A350 family, and Qatar Airways is its prestigious launch customer.

Al Baker has previously cited the "complex seat configuration" of the Qsuite business class suites (below) as delaying the hand-over from December 2017.

The Airbus A350-1000 is a 'stretch' of the A350 series, which carries more passengers than the A350-900 – in Qatar Airways' case, an extra 44 passengers – but over a slightly shorter range, making it a very flexible aircraft to suit the needs of qatar's growing network.

The twin-engine jet will contain 46 of the airline's flagship Qsuite business class suites, with the cabin divided into 22 forward-facing and 24 rear-facing business class suites...

... with the middle suites able to convert to double beds...

... or 'quad' suites.

There will also be 281 economy seats, for a total of 327 passengers.

Qatar Airways has signed up for 37 of the A350-1000s, but has yet to reveal which routes the jet will fly.

David Flynn travelled to Canberra as a guest of Qatar Airways


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.

Singapore Airlines - KrisFlyer

14 Jan 2014

Total posts 340

Gonna be FABULOUS!! I’m so looking forward to trying the QSuite

23 Oct 2014

Total posts 233

Looks fantastic, that’s what I call a business class revolution.

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

09 May 2013

Total posts 136

Call me old school, i prefer the flight to be as private as possible rather than a “meeting place”. Most of the time i choose my flights so i can get quality sleep. If it is a long flight, my objectives are to get some minor business done and relax, if it is a moderately shorter flight, i eat in the lounge and try to sleep on board. Why is there a need for double bed or meeting place for 4 looking at each other, i don’t know. If these 4 were from the same company/office, how would this go with other pax, only time will tell.

However, i like the QSuite look. We are spoilt in australia with the choice of J class offering. Let’s enjoy it.

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

25 Sep 2013

Total posts 1247

There is no "need" as such. The option is just there should a travelling party wish to avail of it. Luxury is having the choice.

Etihad - Etihad Guest

22 Dec 2017

Total posts 5

"The twin-engine jet will contain 46 of the airline's flagship Qsuite business class suites, with the cabin divided into 22 forward-facing and 26 rear-facing business class suites..."

looks like someone need to go to school again ;-) . Are there 46 OR 48 seats?

24 Oct 2010

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46 - typo in breakdown of forward-facing and rear-facing seats. Fixed now, thanks!

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

27 Aug 2014

Total posts 40

Over the years I have overheard some amazingly indiscreet conversations by work colleagues travelling together. Once it was an enlightening discussion by a couple of guys from one of our suppliers, discussing a current tender. They had no idea who was sitting in the seat directly in front.

Will the mid-cabin conference room have a "cone of silence"?
Could be useful for the double beds as well.

Virgin Australia - Velocity Rewards

15 Jul 2016

Total posts 13

Although the comment about “cone of silence” was probably tongue in cheek, aircraft manufacturers and airlines should work a little harder on deadening sound and cutting off light within the cabin. I have been annoyed more than once in J by prissies who absolutely insist they must sleep the instant they get on board (often foregoing the meal service) then 3 hours later putting their lights on, clack clacking their keyboards and stuffing their faces whilst merrily clinking their cutlery. Meanwhile the majority who follow the general routine and protocol of eat, sleep have to grit their teeth and put up with these dicks.


Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

17 Mar 2017

Total posts 30

Perhaps 'mspcooper' misses one of the great advantages of the quad QSuite. Having travelled two weeks ago in a QSuite from Doha to London there was a Qatari family of six on board - 4 in a quad-suite and one each in a window suite on either side. Twice through the flight, they all got up swapped around. So this is one reason Qatar introduced the quad-suite - to better cater to its wealthy travelling families. The suite BTW, was wonderful, as was the service and food, which Qatar has modified to make the QSuites feel even more exclusive. There's nothing better in the air in J class.

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer - Chairmans Lounge

01 Sep 2011

Total posts 414

there is no room for comment with this story re Qatar - Qatar Airways: next-gen Qsuites for Airbus A380, Boeing 787, 777X


03 May 2013

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And Alan Joyce said the new A330/787 Business class was "mini first class" laughable!.

02 Aug 2017

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With this sort of aircraft how is Qantas expected to make a profit?

Qatar Airways

06 Jul 2016

Total posts 48

It's very odd that they can't name the intended destinations, with just 3 or 4 days to go!

Jetstar Airways - Qantas Frequent Flyer

23 May 2017

Total posts 17

Ok. Now say is Qatar Airways able to forecast a net profit in any of the next three years

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