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Thanks to the introduction of new aircraft and the increased speed with which Qatar Airways is refitting its older aircraft, the Qsuite Business Class cabin is not nearly as hard to find and book as it once was…but it’s still exciting to see it being rolled out to more and more new cities.
The latest city to get a significant upgrade to the Business Class experience that Qatar Airways offers is Manchester in the UK’s North West.
As things stand, Qatar Airways offers three daily flights between Doha and Manchester using a combination of Airbus A350, Boeing 777, and Boeing 787 aircraft. While the A350s and the 787 offer a very good Business Class product (albeit not the Qsuites)…
…all of the 777 aircraft operating this route currently only offer the airline’s older (and outdated) Business Class product…
…but that’s not a situation that’s going to be around for much longer. Here’s what’s changing:
- From 14 February 2020, Qatar Airways’ second daily flight between Doha and Manchester (QR27/QR28) will be operated by a Qsuite-equipped 777 aircraft
- From 1 March 2020, the earliest of the three daily departure (QR21/QR22) will also be operated by a refurbished Boeing 777 complete with Qsuites.
- On 21 February & 28 February 2020, Qatar Airways will operate a Qsuite-equipped aircraft on flights QR23/QR24.
[HT: Head For Points]
Here’s what the schedule looks like from 1 March 2020:
QR21 DOH 01:20 – 06:00 MAN (Daily 777 Qsuite Service)*
QR27 DOH 07:45 – 12:25 MAN (Daily 777 Qsuite Service)
QR23 DOH 15:25 – 20:00 MAN
QR22 MAN 07:25 – 17:15 DOH (Daily 777 Qsuite Service)*
QR28 MAN 14:10 – 00:10+1 day DOH (Daily 777 Qsuite Service)
QR24 MAN 21:10 – 06:50+1 day DOH
*The schedule currently shows QR21 getting Qsuites service from 2 March and QR22 getting Qsuites service from 1 March but as QR21 turns around to become QR22 I expect the schedules to be updated to show both flights offering Qsuites from 1 March 2020.
Flights QR27/QR28 are currently scheduled to offer the Qsuite Business Class cabin though to the end of the currently bookable period while flights QR21/QR22 are only scheduled to offer the Qsuite cabin through 24 October 2020.
The end of October is also the end of the summer schedule so it’s possible that QR21/QR22 will continue to offer the Qsuites when the winter scheduled is updated so this is something to keep an eye on.
More Qsuite routes are always great news so even though Manchester isn’t known as a starting point for some of the amazing Qatar Airways Business Class fares we often see offered between Europe and Asia, it’s good to see Manchester getting its Business Class service upgraded…and upgraded by quite a bit!