Qatar Airways’ Qsuites are widely regarded as the best Business Class product currently available. They are superior in many ways to other airlines’ business class as well as Qatar Airways’ own, regular premium cabin. Unfortunately, this is the biggest problem concerning Qsuites – since they aren’t installed on the majority of QR’s long haul planes, you can never be sure if you will actually be able to enjoy them.
If you’re looking for Business Class flights on qatarairways.com, you’ll solemnly be able to tell which flights feature Qsuites and which won’t. Despite publishing a list covering routes on which Qsuites will be available, it seems to be partly incomplete and out of date.
Because of that, we’ve compiled a list including all Qsuites destinations and which aircraft serve them. Furthermore, we’ll explain how you can make sure that you’ll be enjoying the best business class there is on your next Qatar Airways flight.
In addition to routes, destinations and aircraft we know offer you information about past availability on specific flights. In order to do this, we check the history of deployed airplanes using data from flightaware.com. These numbers are updated weekly.
From 17th November 2019 Qatar Airways will be flying daily to Cape Town with an Airbus A350-1000 incl. QSuite!
Current QSuite offers
The QSuite is currently offered for the following destinations from Doha:
Attention! The following information is not binding in any way. Qatar Airways can change flight equipment at any given time without further notice. This can result in flying a regular business class plane, even though a Qsuite has been advertised. Even on the day of departure flight equipment can and will be changed. This doesn’t result in you being able to change or cancel your flight free of charge. You’ll only be able to book business class, not Qsuite. So any business class will suffice.
Past Qsuite availability percentage is displayed for every flight. It is updated weekly, based on data retrieved from flightaware.com. Do this, we check which airplanes were deployed on specific routes and compare their registry to our index of Qsuite fitted aircraft. While this is sufficient to get an idea how high the rate of Qsuite equipped aircraft has been over the past seven days, it is not suited to make any predictions about the upcoming months. You can get further information by hovering your cursor over the numbers.
|Boeing 777-300ER||QR 77/78|
|Boeing 777-300ER||QR 69/70|
|Boeing 777-300ER||QR 57/58|
|Airbus A350-900||QR 95/96|
|Boeing 777-300ER||QR 273/274|
|Airbus A350-1000||QR 37/38|
|Airbus A350-900||QR 171/172|
|Boeing 777-300ER||QR 161/162|
|Boeing 777-300ER||QR 830/831|
|Boeing 777-300ER||QR 572/573|
|Boeing 777-300ER||QR 556/557|
(mostly LATAM, no QSuite)
|Hong Kong ||Boeing 777-300ER||QR 816/815|
|Maledives ||Airbus A350-900||QR 672/673|
|Boeing 777-300ER||QR 870/871|
|Boeing 777-300ER||QR 892/895|
|Singapore ||Airbus A350-1000|
|Boeing 777-300ER||QR 962/963|
|Boeing 777-300ER||QR 806/807|
|Airbus A350-1000||QR 812/813|
|Airbus A350-900||QR 914/915|
|Boeing 777-300ER||QR 906/907|
|Boeing 777-300ER||QR 906/907|
|Boeing 777-300ER||QR 900/901|
|Boeing 777-200LR||QR 920/921|
|Cape Town |
|Airbus A350-1000||QR 1369/1370|
|Boeing 777-300ER||QR 725/726|
|Airbus A350-1000||QR 713/714|
|Boeing 777-300ER||QR 727/728|
|New York |
|Boeing 777-300ER||QR 701/702|
|Boeing 777-300ER||QR 743/744|
|Washington D.C. |
|Boeing 777-300ER||QR 707/708|
|Los Angeles |
|Boeing 777-300ER||QR 763/764|
|Airbus A350-1000||QR 729/730|
|Sao Paulo |
|Boeing 777-200LR||QR 773/774|
|Buenos Aires |
|Boeing 777-200LR||QR 773/774|
via Sao Paulo
According to their website, Qatar Airways also offers Qsuite services to Kuwait City, Muscat and Beyrut. However, these airports are served multiple times daily and rarely with long haul aircraft. It’s like a gamble to expect Qsuites on this particular routes.
Qatar Airways is set on retrofitting their older Boeing 777-300ER and Boeing 777-200LR planes with Qsuites. In addition, every newly delivered A350-900 and A350-1000 is equipped with Qsuites.
That gives you the following probabilities to enjoy the world’s finest Business Class:
- Boeing 777-300ER (B77W): 33 of 48 Planes = 69%
- Boeing 777-200LR (B77L): 7 of 9 Planes = 78%
- Airbus A350-900 (A359): 10 of 35 Planes = 29%
- Airbus A350-1000 (A35K): 14 of 14 Planes = 100%
Since Qatar Airways uses its retrofitted Boeing 777-300ER predominantly on the routes mentioned above, chances are higher than 69% on these. Therefore, chances are much lower on routes operated by 777-300ER, but unmentioned in this article.
Qatar Airways first introduced the Qsuite on its Boeing 777-300ER fleet. QR operates more Boeing 777-300ER than any other type of aircraft. Therefore, there are more 777-300ER equipped with Qsuites than other plane types combined.
Following planes have been retrofitted:
- A7-BAE (new)
- A7-BAI (new)
- A7-BAU (new)
It is expected to take one up to two years before the entire Boeing 777-300ER fleet is equipped with Qsuites.
Boeing developed its 777-200LR (long range) for ultra long haul flights and Qatar Airways uses it accordingly by serving Houston, Auckland and Sao Paulo nonstop from Doha. None other member of QR’s fleet could operate these flights.
Following planes are equipped with Qsuites:
Just before the beginning of 2020, Qatar Airways took dilevery of its first two Boeing 787-9. However, these planes are right now back in America to get to get their cabin interior installed. Because of the 787’s narrow fuselage, the dreamliners receive a slimmed down version of the Qsuite.
Being its launch customer in 2014, many of Qatar Airways’ A350-900 had already been delivered when the Qsuite concept was introduced. As a result, only a few planes have been delivered including the new Business Class design.
These planes are:
- A7-AML (new)
Currently there are no plans to retrofit the remaining A350-900, since there are just four years old or even younger.
Qatar Airways is this type’s launch customer as well, receiving its first A350-1000 in early 2018. As a result, all planes of this type are and will be equipped with Qsuites.
- A7-ANJ (new)
- A7-ANK (new)
- A7-ANL (new)
- A7-ANM (new)
- A7-ANN (new)
Models without Qsuites
The following aircraft types are operated by Qatar Airways as well, but are not equipped with Qsuites. Some of them may be retrofitted, while some of them won’t:
- Airbus A380-800: Won’t be retrofitted. On one hand, these planes are already equipped with a first class cabin. On the other hand, they will be phased out.
- Boeing 787-8: Maybe retrofitted. They already have highly comfortable Reverse Herringbone seating, making a redesign less urgent.
- Airbus A330-200/300: Maybe retrofitted. There is no long term plan on whether QR intends to keep them as part of their fleet or not. They defintely won’t be retrofitted before the entire 777 fleet is done.
- Airbus A340-600: Won’t be retrofitted. These planes will be phased out and replaced by more economically A350 jets.
- Airbus A321/A320/A319: Can’t be retrofitted. These are single aisle planes, their cabin width is not designed to economically operate Qsuites.
Will there be Qsuite service on my flight?
Qatar Airways has started to officially advertised Qsuites when booking on their own website. Connections that feature only Qsuites have a small Q badge:
If your itinerary features Qsuite and non-Qsuite segments, each flight receive individual treatment. Click the flight details button to get further information:
The best way to make sure your flight will be operated using Qsuites in Business Class is to have a look at the seat map.
We recommend doing this is using ExpertFlyer. The Qsuite is easily recognizable as in the picture below by the spacious 1-2-1 arrangement with alternating seats:
What to do if there is no Qsuite service?
If your booking has been explicitly advertised as Qsuite service, but a last minute aircraft change denies you that experience, Qatar Airways has started to offer you alternatives. In those cases, you can change your flight dates once within a ±21 day time frame or select an alternative airport within 500 miles of your orginal origin/destination free of charge. If that doesn’t suite you (pun intended), you can cancel your booking and receive a full refund.
However, Qatar Airways itself will not notify you before a change of flight equipment. You’ll have to monitor the flight yourself.
The introduction of Qsuites does not go as smooth and quickly as planned. Because of this, Qatar Airways is too often unable to reassure passengers if Qsuites will be available or not. The replacemant of flight equipment and a resulting change of Business Class product happens too often, and mostly without notice.
Have you found any destinations with a high probabilty or certainty of Qsuit service? Be sure to leave a comment!
Frequently Asked Question
The easiest way to find out is having a look at the seat map of your seat map of your flight. We give you more information in this paragraph: Will there be Qsuite service on my flight?
Sadly, Qatar Airways can alter scheduled planes at any time. You need to check the seat map reguarly.
Little, since you don’t have no claim be seated in a Qsuite seat. Qatar Airways only sells business class tickets, so any business class product shall suffice. If Qsuite service was advertised for your routing (which QR solemnly does on their website), you can ask Qatar Airways to rebook on a flight that does feature Qsuites. The best way to do this is via Facebook or Twitter. You will experience much more friendly and helpful personnel than on their hotline.
After your booking, you can do this via Qatar Airways hotline. Sadky, there is no opportunity to do this online. Even if middle seats appear to be blocked on ExpertFlyer, more often than not you can still request them on the hotline.
Cover Picture: © Qatar Airways