EXCLUSIVE | Qatar Airways will launch its new Canberra-Sydney-Doha flights in mid-February with the airline's flagship Qsuites business class, which boasts first class-style sliding doors for privacy doors and even a double bed.
But don't get too excited – for now it's just a one-time treat for the inaugural flight, which leaves Doha on 11 February 2018 and makes its return journey from Canberra on 12 February.
A spokesperson for Qatar Airways confirmed to Australian Business Traveller that subsequent flights will be on an older Boeing 777-300ER jet fitted out with a similarly older business class, as shown below.
Although a lie-flat bed, the 2-2-2 layout and decade-old design puts this one step behind the business class of the Sydney-Doha Airbus A380...
... and two strides behind the new Qsuite.
So while this is a canny PR move by Qatar Airways to maximise publicity for the new Canberra route, don't be taken in by the mainstream media coverage: for now, book the Canberra-Doha flight on any day after 12 February and you'll be feeling a little let down.
Of course, if you're itching to try the superb Qsuites – which we currently rate as the world's best business class – then jump right in and book yourself a seat on the QR907 flight from Canberra at 1.45pm on 12 February, or the same flight's Sydney-Doha leg departing Sydney at 3.55pm later that day.